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Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza named 'eternal supreme guide' by ruling party

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<p>Burundi’s president has been named as ‘eternal supreme guide’ by the ruling party.</p> <p>Pierre Nkurunziza was bestowed the title over the weekend as critics say he wants to become life president.</p> <p>“He is our elder, our father, our adviser,” the party’s secretary general Evariste Ndayishimiye said in a video sent to <span class="caps">AFP</span>, whose authenticity was confirmed by an official. </p> <p>Critics have mocked this latest move decrying the cult following around the president.</p> <p>Burundi is headed for a constitutional referendum in May which would allow Nkurunziza to remain in office until 2034. </p> <p>Ahead of the exercise, rights groups and the opposition allege authorities have embarked on a massive operation of forced registration of voters including minors, as well as inciting violent action against any opponent of the referendum.</p> <p>The 54-year-old former rebel leader has ruled Burundi since 2005.</p>

He is our elder, our father, our adviser

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