Tensions Rise As Burundi MPs Reject Revised Constitution


viagra dosage geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to AFP, sick Parliamentary Speaker, Pie Ntavyohanyuma said, “the lawmakers blocked the changes by a single vote rejecting the draft revision of the constitution”.

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“It also blocks the President from seeking a third term in office, likely to enrage President Pierre Nkurunziza, who was expected to campaign for a third mandate in elections scheduled for 2015.”

Nkurunziza’s ruling CNDD-FDD party, according to reports, holds the majority in Parliament but the constitutional changes needed four-fifths of votes to pass, with the bid failing by just one vote.

Not long ago, threee ministers; Victoire Ndikumana (Posts, Commerce, Industry and Tourism), Jean-Claude Ndihokubwayo (Communal Development) and Leocadie Nihazi (Minister and Information, Communication, Telecommunications and Parliament Relations) resigned after refusing to endorse the said constitution.

In their resignation letters to President Pierre Nkurunziza, the ministers said they were complying with a request from their party.

Earlier on, the Home Affairs Minister had appointed Bonaventure Niyoyankana to replace UPRONA chairman and National Assembly Speaker, Charles Nditije sparking off disagreements.

This was in contravention of the Constitution and Political Parties Law which provide that party leaders must be chosen by their respective political organisations’ delegates’ conferences.

Matters then worsened when Nkurunziza fired Vice President, Bernard Busokoza.

Busokoza was generally fired for resisting the ruling government’s plans to amend the Constitution to allow Nkurunziza run for a third term in office.

Nkurunziza was elected President in 2005. He was returned in 2010 amidst an opposition boycott.

The President’s last term will expire in 2015.

Similarly, the Members of Parliament today rejected the same constitution raising more fears.

Additional Sources: AFP, Daily Nation


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