This is the information that ignites social networks in recent hours in Burundi. The Constitutional Court has just given the green light to President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in office until 2034, validating this Thursday, the results of the referendum of May 17 on a reform of the Constitution.
Thus, the large victory of the YES (results communicated by the Electoral Commission), according to which Burundians approved 73.2% of a reform of the Constitution leaving the possibility to President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in office until 2034, was confirmed the Constitutional Court of the country.
In other words, the appeal lodged with the same Court by the opposition, which contested these results, was rejected.
“The Constitutional Court declares that the referendum of May 17 was held in accordance with the law,” said its president, Charles Ndayiragije, after declaring “the appeal of nullity of the opposition coalition Amizero y’Abarundi” unfounded ” introduced a week earlier.
It should be noted that even before the announcement of the results, the NOIN supporters, led by former Hutu rebel leader Agathon Rwasa in the Amizero y’Abarundi (Burundian Hope) coalition, had rejected the outcome of the consultation. they are “unfair” and marked by the “intimidations” of the regime.
Violence unleashed in April 2015 by President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, resulted in several hundred deaths. Nearly 390,000 inhabitants have fled the country. This figure is expected to exceed 500,000 in 2017, according to the UN.