Constitution of Burundi

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The Constitution of Burundi was adopted by referendum on February 28, 2005 and promulgated on March 18, 2005.

On May 12, 2017, a draft revision of the constitution of Burundi was announced.[1] The final draft was announced on October 25, 2017, and provides for the creation of a post of Prime Minister, the transition from a five-year to a seven year presidential term, the term limit will be one consecutive and the threshold of adoption of the laws would go from two thirds to the absolute majority.[2] With these changes, the Arusha Accords are de facto abrogated.[3] In January 2018, during the campaign for the referendum, the Burundian authorities arrested opponents of the changes.[4] Finally, the text also provides for the possibility of restoring the monarchy.[5]

The referendum was held on May 17, 2018. The constitutional reform was promulgated on May 21, 2018.


  1. ^ "Burundi: la commission de révision de la Constitution est en place" (in French). RFI Afrique. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Burundi: un projet de révision en profondeur de la Constitution adopté" (in French). RFI Afrique. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Burundi: le projet de nouvelle Constitution, coup de grâce à l'accord d'Arusha" (in French). RFI Afrique. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Burundi: des opposants au référendum constitutionnel arrêtés" (in French). RFI Afrique. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Au Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza renonce à la présidence à vie… pas à la monarchie" (in French). Le 7 June 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.

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