Burundi sets May 17 for vote on contested reforms

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has set May 17 as the date for a referendum on a controversial constitutional reform. PHOTO | MARCO LONGARI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The government in October drafted reforms that would enable Mr Nkurunziza to serve two seven-year mandates from 2020.
  • But it has come under fire from the Opposition and the international community, particularly the African Union.
  • The reforms will be adopted if 50 per cent plus one vote cast ballots in favour.



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