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Heavy clashes break out for the duration of Central African Republic referendum

Planet | Sun Dec 13, 2015 eight:57am EST


BANGUI Heavy fighting broke out in a Muslim enclave of Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Sunday as voters went to the polls to cast their ballots in a constitutional referendum noticed as crucial to restoring stability, witnesses said.

Gunfire and the explosions of rocket propelled grenades had been heard in the PK5 neighborhood soon after U.N. peace keepers moved in to protect poll workers and residents who had been prevented from voting.

(Reporting by Joe Bavier. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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Rwanda sets date for referendum to extend presidential term limit

KIGALI Rwandans will vote in a referendum on December 18 on no matter whether to amend the constitution and enable President Paul Kagame to stay in office until as late as 2034, officials stated on Tuesday, a strategy that mirrors moves in many other African countries.

Under the proposed amendment, Kagame, in power considering that 2000, would be in a position to run for office once more after his second mandate ends in 2017, 1st for a seven-year term and then for two additional stints of 5 years each, stretching to 2034.

Kagame, 58, is the latest veteran ruler in Africa to attempt to extend his hold on power. Equivalent moves have currently sparked violence and instability in Burundi, Burkina Faso and Congo Republic. So far there has been no political unrest in Rwanda.

“President Paul Kagame has accepted that a referendum be made on the present constitution,” the government stated in a statement late on Tuesday right after it had discussed the issue.

The existing constitution limits any head of state to two terms.

The United States earlier this month mentioned Kagame need to resist the lure of energy and step down following his second term to let a new generation of leaders to come via.

Kagame won widespread praise for rebuilding the landlocked Central African nation following a 1994 genocide killed about 800,000 men and women, most of them ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

While praising Rwanda’s economic and social development since then, human rights groups say the government severely restricts freedom of expression and brooks no dissent, charges the government denies.

(Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana writing by Drazen Jorgic Editing by Gareth Jones)

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EU’s Juncker to meet Danish PM next week on referendum

BRUSSELS European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen to talk about the consequences of Thursday’s Danish referendum, in which the Danes rejected adopting far more EU laws to fight cross-border crime.

“We take note of the outcome of the Danish referendum. It indicates that Denmark keeps its status in the Justice and Home Affairs area as foreseen by the EU treaty,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a normal news briefing.

“Commission president Juncker spoke on the telephone final evening to the Danish prime minister and agreed to meet in Brussels subsequent week to agree how to take things from there,” Schinas mentioned.

(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski and Alastair Macdonald editing by Robin Emmott)

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Denmark tests important exemption from EU rules in referendum

COPENHAGEN Denmark heads to the polls on Thursday to make a decision no matter whether to adopt some EU guidelines, testing for the first time one particular of the country’s decades-old exemptions from European integration given that Danes resoundingly rejected the euro in 2000.

The government, collectively with the main opposition party, argues Denmark needs to adopt some EU justice and property affairs laws to maintain the country within the cross-border policing agency Europol.

But the populist Danish People’s Party (DF), now the second-largest faction in parliament, says Danes need to vote “No” to retain a tough-fought-for exemption won in 1993 and avoid giving away sovereignty more than security to eurocrats in Brussels.

The vote comes amidst heightened safety fears across Europe following the current Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State militants which killed 130 folks, and as Europe struggles with a massive influx of refugees from Syria and other nations.

Polls show opinion split evenly, if somewhat tending towards voting “No” in recent days, with a huge portion of people undecided. Analysts say the “Yes” campaign has been lackluster while the “No” side had a significantly easier message of rejection.

Denmark wants to adopt some EU rules since of a reform of Europol, the European Police Office, that will adjust the way it receives and analyses data. The ruling center-proper Liberals, ex-ruling Social Democrats, and numerous other parties agreed on 22 EU laws that Denmark would opt into if the vote is a “Yes”.

All have stressed the acts do not concern immigration, one more element of the Justice and Residence Affairs policy from which Denmark is exempt, meaning it does not, for example, have to participate in schemes to resettle refugees.

But the referendum asks Danes to give parliament the energy to choose on the opt-ins. It does not ask Danes to approve the 22 EU laws. Analysts say that has allowed the euro-sceptic DF celebration to play on Danish mistrust of politicians.

DF says Europol participation can be maintained by means of other treaties and that there is absolutely nothing forcing future governments to conduct a lot more plebiscites need to they want to opt in to EU guidelines on immigration, from which Denmark is now exempt.

Denmark, Britain and Ireland all won concessions from the EU in the early 1990s when the modern day foundation for the now 28-member bloc was laid. Like Britain, Denmark did not adopt the euro, and both Britain and Ireland have been exempt from the passport-totally free Schengen region.

A “No” result would cheer Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence Party, which desires a total withdrawal from the EU. But British Prime Minister David Cameron could also point to it as a sign that other nations other than Britain are unhappy with the EU as it stands today. He is trying to renegotiate Britain’s relations with the EU ahead of an in-out referendum by 2017.

(Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki Editing by James Dalgleish)

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