Last week, President Pierre Nkurunziza enacted a new Constitution adopted by a referendum, despite opposition concern that the charter will enable him to keep his grip on power until 2034. The Constitution — challenged in vain by an opposition coalition before the Constitutional Court — concentrates more executive power in the hands of
the president. The current political crisis began three years ago when President Nkurunziza ran for a third term and won a disputed election. It has claimed at least 1,200 lives, while more than 400 000 people have fled their homes, according to the International Criminal Court, which has begun an investigation.