Viewfinder: A Contentious Referendum in Burundi

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A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Ciri, northern Burundi, on May 17th, 2018, during a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of incumbent president and enable him to rule until 2034. For many critics, the referendum is yet another blow to hopes of lasting peace in the fledgling democracy, which experienced decades of conflict marked by violence between majority Hutu and the minority Tutsi who had long held power.

A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Ciri, northern Burundi, on May 17th, 2018, during a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of incumbent president and enable him to rule until 2034. For many critics, the referendum is yet another blow to hopes of lasting peace in the fledgling democracy, which experienced decades of conflict marked by violence between majority Hutu and the minority Tutsi who had long held power.

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