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February 28, 2005

Voting is Just So Stylish These Days

Here's hoping that this signals a permanent shift from the bloody recent past in Burundi.

The people of Burundi have been voting on whether to accept a new constitution designed to share power and end war between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis.

Long lines of voters formed from dawn to take part in Burundi's first ballot since civil war broke out in 1993 between the two communities.

Voters used a white card to vote Yes and a black one for No.

Correspondents say the constitution is likely to be approved but the real challenge will come after elections.

The BBC's Rob Walker in the Burundi capital, Bujumbura, says the new government will need to achieve a delicate ethnic balancing act if it is to avoid a return to violence.

It's a tough transition to make from a warring nation to a sustainable, constitutional government, especially in nations where tribal loyalty still stands as far more important than any nationalist sentiment. But after nearly a third of a million dead, the change has long been due.

Read the story.

Posted by zombyboy at February 28, 2005 12:09 PM
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