Central African leaders turn to constitutional changes to cement power

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Burundi president’s power grab is latest by a number of regional leaders to have raised term limits or bolstered their powers

Voters in Burundi have backed wide-ranging constitutional changes that will reinforce the power of the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, potentially allowing him to rule for up to 14 more years after his current term expires in 2020.

The measures were approved by 75% of voters, with 17% opposed, on a reported turnout of 98%.

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