The Effects Of Extending Presidential Terms In Africa: The Case Of Burundi, Uganda And Rwanda | glObserver Global Economics

Attempts to extend presidential terms in nations of the Great Lakes region such as Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda are fueling political and social tensions that could well reignite ethnically-based violence in a part of Africa with a history of genocide.

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In 1959 and 1994, Burundi and Rwanda respectively experienced deadly genocides. Civil war in Burundi claimed some 300,000 lives by the time it ended in 2006, and the fertile conditions for violence still persist. Nkurunziza’s defiance of the constitution and amendment to remain in power despite pervasive protests will have potentially dire consequences.

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