Violence deepens as African leaders extend rule

A grave is prepared in Burundi’s Ruhagarika village during the burial of 24 people killed by an armed group. The attack came days ahead of a constitutional referendum on May 17 which could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to rule for up to 14 years beyond the end of his current term in 2020.

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The secretary-general of Burundi’s ruling party has a stark warning for any voter who dares to disagree with a plan to extend the president’s rule.

“Anyone who votes No will be a traitor, bought and paid for by white colonizers,” Evariste Ndayishimiye told the party’s final rally before Thursday’s referendum. “They’re enemies of the country. They’re even devils, because voting No will bring a curse.”

Nobody expects anything except a crushing victory for the…

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