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Issue 87 22/5/2018
BURUNDI REFERENDUM RESULTS TIGHTEN PRESIDENT’S GRIP ON POWER
On 21 May 2018, it was confirmed that an overwhelming majority of over 73% of Burundians voted yes in a referendum that, among various other changes, could see President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule, due to end in 2020, extended to 2034. Possible changes to the constitution include the extension of presidential terms from five to seven years; the scrapping of the second vice-president post; a new post for a Prime Minister; and a change in ethnic quotas for Hutus and Tutsis in the Senate and the National Assembly (NA).

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