Burundi holds referendum on presidential power

May 17, 2018, 7:38 AM EDT
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza
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The voters in Burundi are headed to polls for a constitutional referendum, which if passed would extend the presidential term from five to seven years, setting the stage for President Pierre Nkurunziza to cling on to power until 2034.

Around 4.8 million people have signed up to vote in the referendum that seeks approval to widen presidential power and to revamp top government posts according to ethnicity, reports The Guardian.

The referendum needs 50 percent yes votes to execute an amendment in the constitution that will allow the president to contest two more elections after his current term expires in 2020, writes Al Jazeera.