Burundi approves referendum extending Nkurunziza’s rule until 2034

Bujumbura – The electoral commission on Monday said voters in Burundi approved a referendum on term limits that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power until 2034.

The voters overwhelming voted 73.26 percent “Yes” during Thursday’s polls, while 19.34 percent cast their vote against.

The commission said more than 96 percent of eligible voters casted their votes in the polls.

Previously the East African nation’s constitution only allowed leaders to serve two five-year terms. The new amendment stretchers it to seven years.

In the old constitution Nkurunziza’s term would have finished in 2020. Because of the referendum, the 54-year-old can run again under a changed constitution and thus stay in power until 2034.

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