Burkina Faso: Referendum on new constitution set for March 2019

APA-Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) by correspondent Alban Kini

The referendum on the country’s new constitution for the Fifth Republic in Burkina Faso will take place on March 24, 2019.

This was announced Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

According to CENI chairman Newton Ahmed Barry, the electoral register will be reviewed before the scheduled referendum.

Revision of the constitution is an electoral promise made in 2015 by the current President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, with among other objectives to remove any possibility for a head of state to rule beyond 10 years.

“The President of Burkina Faso is elected for a five-year term. He may be re-elected once only. Under no circumstances may a person serve more than two terms as President, neither consecutively nor intermittently,” according to article 57 of the draft constitution.

The adoption of the new constitution will put an end to the Fourth Republic, which has been in force since 1991.

Once adopted, it will give birth to a “semi-presidential regime.” It also provides for a procedure for the dismissal of the President through the country’s constitutional court.

The new Constitution further provides for the consolidation of the independence of the judiciary.


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