ARTICLES RELATING TO PIERRE NKURUNZIZA

Burundi begins mass release of prisoners

2019-03-30 11:27

Burundi has released the first 142 prisoners from a promised 3 000 detainees to promote reconciliation, the justice minister says, but critics say it was only to ease pressure on crowded jails.

Burundi refuses to register key opposition party

2018-11-09 13:33

Burundian authorities have refused to register a new political party by main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa, according to a letter seen by AFP Thursday.

Burundi arrests aid workers for flouting foreign NGO ban

2018-10-11 18:04

Three aid workers have been arrested in Burundi for defying a government ban on foreign relief agencies announced this month, authorities say.

Burundi president surprises with vow to step down in 2020

2018-06-11 11:30

In a surprise move, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said last week he would step down in 2020, despite widespread belief that he backed a new constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power.

Burundi opposition appeals referendum result

2018-05-25 10:48

Burundi's opposition has filed a petition to the country's constitutional court in a bid to invalidate the result of last week's referendum, which is expected to strengthen President Pierre Nkurunziza's hold on power.

Burundians to vote in referendum to extend president's rule

2018-05-17 11:34

Burundians are voting in a referendum on constitutional reforms that are set to shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza, enabling him to rule until 2034.

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Burundi opposition says 42 held over referendum campaign

2018-01-19 10:16

Opposition lawmakers in Burundi have said 42 activists had been arrested for illegally contesting an upcoming referendum that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza extend his stay in office.

Burundi's president launches campaign to extend his rule

2017-12-12 19:31

Burundi's president has launched a campaign to support constitutional amendments that could extend his rule despite warnings by his opponents of more violence ahead.

Burundi government backs disputed constitution change

2017-10-27 08:31

The government of crisis-torn Burundi has approved changes to the constitution that could pave the way to a potential 14-year extension in President Pierre Nkurunziza's stay in office, senior officials have said.

 

Burundi names Gitega as new capital

2018-12-23 10:10

Burundi has declared the small central city of Gitega the country's new political capital, in line with a presidential promise made a decade ago.

Burundi opposition MP accused of plot to kill president

2018-10-19 20:00

Burundi's public security ministry has accused a prominent opposition MP of planning the assassination of President Pierre Nkurunziza and other top officials, in an address on state television.

Burundi plans plastic bag ban

2018-08-14 20:00

Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in the small central African country within the next 18 months.

Burundi's president enacts disputed new constitution

2018-06-08 06:02

President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi has enacted a new constitution adopted by a referendum, despite opposition concern that the charter will enable him to keep his grip on power until 2034.

Burundi backs reforms that could extend Nkurunziza rule

2018-05-23 14:10

Burundians have overwhelmingly backed constitutional reforms that bolster President Pierre Nkurunziza's power and allow him to seek another two terms in office, results showed.

Armed gang kills at least 23 in northwest Burundi

2018-05-12 13:35

An unknown armed gang has killed at least 23 people in an attack on a village in northwest Burundi, a local official says.

Burundi leader dubbed 'eternal supreme guide' by party

2018-03-12 13:31

Burundi's ruling party has bestowed the title of "eternal supreme guide" on President Pierre Nkurunziza, a party official has said, as critics claimed he wants to lock in power for life.

Burundi president launches campaign to extend rule

2017-12-13 12:01

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to promote a referendum to change the constitution that could see him rule until 2034.

Burundi's deadly crisis: A timeline

2017-11-10 10:01

Burundi has been gripped by turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a bid for a third term in office more than two years ago.

EU prolongs sanctions against Burundi officials

2017-10-23 12:34

The European Union has extended for a year travel bans and asset freezes against four top officials in Burundi for their role in fomenting unrest in the central African country.

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