Burundi’s voters approved a new Constitution that extends the presidential term from five to seven years, according to provisional figures released on Friday, handing a major victory to President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Mr. Nkurunziza, who beat a two-term limit under the old Constitution through an electoral technicality to take a third term as president, is expected to run again, in 2020. The outcome opens a chapter of harsh dictatorship, something i personally thought we are changing and even spoke about it in my podcast. Basically the president will be beyond any other institution.
Pierre Nkurunziza is Burundi’s longest-serving president, after literally bulling his way past constitutional limits to claim a third term in 2015. After winning his latest campaign a referendum on Thursday to change the country’s Constitution he may, indeed, be remembered as Burundi’s “eternal” president. Or, as some sought of king in Burundi something i personally detest.
Mr. Nkurunziza has tried to control the human rights narrative, too, by blocking access to journalists and researchers, including a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into accusations of extrajudicial killings, disappearances and torture since 2015, when Mr. Nkurunziza won his third term. The world needs to know that the people of Burundi are suffering and being suffocated by Nkurunziza