Burundi latest in Africa to allow leader to cling on to power

President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, has got the backing of 75% of voters, with 17% opposed, to be in power for another 14 years after his current terms get over in 2020, as per the outcome of a referendum that saw a reported turnout of 98%.

The vote also extended presidential terms from five years to seven years.

He is the latest leader in Africa who has managed to get people approve of their clinging to power.

A referendum in neighbouring Rwanda allowed president Paul Kagame to be in power a third, seven-year, term following a referendum that scrapped the two-term limit. Yoweri Museveni, the 73-year-old president of Uganda, is to run for a sixth term in 2021, after he waived off an age limit of 75 years through a law.

Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is yet to agree to not run on a third term, despite such a limit.

The crisis that Nkurunziza triggered by seeling a third term in 2015 has caused over 1000 deaths and forced 400,000 to flee the country.

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