BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua)
-- Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday announced
that he will leave the presidency in 2020 at the expiry of his
current presidential term.
“As the party
visionary, I commit that my term is ending in 2020. In that
context, don’t be misled by people giving wrong interpretations
on terms of the current president, or on this amended
constitution,” Nkurunziza said after signing and promulgating
the new constitution in Gitega town.
The new constitution
extends the presidential term from five years to seven years and
allows the president to serve two consecutive terms, which means
Nkurunziza is allowed to stay in office until 2034 if he is
elected in future presidential elections.
was not amended for President Nkurunziza as our enemies have
been saying it. It was amended for the goodness, honor and good
future of Burundi and its people,” he said.
Constitutional Court Thursday endorsed the results of the
constitutional referendum, announcing that the amendments to the
constitution were approved by a vote of 73.24 percent in the
The new constitution
also creates the post of prime minister and cuts the number of
vice presidents from two to one. According to the new
constitution, the prime minister is to be designated from the
ruling party, while the vice president will come from a
Burundi plunged into
a crisis in April 2015 when Nkurunziza decided to run his
controversial bid for a third term. His candidature, which was
opposed by the opposition, resulted in a wave of protests,
violence and even a failed coup in May 2015.
Contributions to Burundi 2020
reach 24.5 pct of total by May 2018: minister
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Citizens’ contributions to Burundi’s 2020 general
elections are estimated at 17.2 billion Burundi francs (9.6
million U.S. dollars) by May 31, out of the needed 70 billion
francs (39.2 million dollars), Burundian finance minister said
came from the salary of civil servants, business people from the
diaspora and civil society groups, Burundian finance minister
Domitien Ndihokubwayo said at a press conference in Bujumbura,
capital city of Burundi.
“When we reach the
required amount for the 2020 elections, we will immediately stop
requesting contributions. We have also thought of other
strategies to reach the needed amount,” said the minister.
In December 2017,
the Burundian government presented a detailed project on
contributions of citizens to the 2020 elections.
The contributors of
the elections were grouped into three categories—farmers, civil
servants of public administration, and the private sector and
organizations willing to make the contribution.