Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president's term

Addis Ababa, May 17, 2018 (FBC) - Burundians are voting on a constitutional referendum that if passed could see President Pierre Nkurunziza's stay in power extended until 2034.

If Thursday's referendum vote is passed, the constitution will be amended to extend the president's term from five to seven years.

The changes will also allow President Nkurunziza to stand for two more terms after his current one comes to an end in 2020.

Polls opened at 0700 GMT and will close at 1200GMT.

The referendum needs to be approved by more than 50 percent of the voters for the proposed changes to be made.

Some 4.8 million people, a little under half the population, have signed up to vote, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), which is running the referendum.

Nkurunziza, came to power in 2005 after the warring sides in the country's civil war signed a peace deal in the Tanzanian city of Arusha.

Source: Aljazeera

Posted by Amare Asrat