Burundians Vote in Controversial Referendum

Burundians are going to the polls to vote in a constitutional referendum set to allow Pierre Nkurunziza, president since the end of the country's civil war in 2005, an opportunity to stay in power until 2034.



  • Burundi:  Who is President Pierre Nkurunziza?

    Deutsche Welle, 17 May 2018

    Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza was named "eternal supreme guide" by his CNDD-FDD party on the eve of the constitutional referendum. A 'yes' vote could keep him in office… Read more »

Voters queue in the 2018 referendum.

  • Burundi:  Burundi's Dangerous Referendum

    ICG, 15 May 2018

    On 17 May 2018, Burundians vote on constitutional amendments that would prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza, dismantle a carefully negotiated Hutu-Tutsi ethnic balance,… Read more »

  • Burundi:  Referendum to Extend Presidential Term Raises Fears of Violence

    Deutsche Welle, 16 May 2018

    Following in the footsteps of several other African countries, it is now the turn of Burundi to hold a referendum aimed at making sure that its president stays in power beyond… Read more »

  • Burundi:  A Flawed Constitutional Referendum

    Atlantic Council, 16 May 2018

    Burundians will go to the polls on Thursday, May 17 to vote in a constitutional referendum set to allow Pierre Nkurunziza, president since the end of the country's civil war in… Read more »

Voters in the Burundi referendum on May 17.

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