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Burundi Opposition Accepts Interim Constitution


A new power-sharing constitution has taken effect in Burundi, after opposition parties agreed to the government plan on an interim basis.

At least six ethnic Tutsi parties ended their opposition to the constitution, which they had criticized for giving too much power to majority Hutus.

Tutsi party leaders, however, say they want to hold talks to discuss changes to the document before it heads to a referendum on November 26.

The mandate of Burundi's interim government was set to expire Sunday, but the new constitution allows officials to remain in office until elections early next year.

If approved in this month's referendum, the constitution will create a new government nearly two years after the end of a civil war sparked in 1993.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP.