Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president’s term

Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president’s term

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

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