Burundi votes in referendum

Long queues have built up outside polling stations in Burundi where a referendum is being held on controversial constitutional changes that could pave the way for President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in office for two more, seven-year terms.

The campaign has been marred by violence and intimidation. Students were ordered to register to vote and people denied medical services if they did not have voters’ cards.

The result of the referendum is almost a foregone conclusion, with most opponents exiled, silenced or killed.

Burundi has been ravaged by political violence since 2015 when Nkurunziza ran for a third term./BBC AfricaLive

 

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