Burundi general declares coup against President Nkurunziza

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A Burundi army general says senior officers are “dismissing” President Pierre Nkurunziza, amid unrest over his bid to be re-elected to a third term.

Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombareh announced that a national salvation committee had been set up to run the country.
However, it is not clear how much support he and the other officers have.

President Nkurunziza is currently in Tanzania meeting other East African leaders to discuss the crisis. His aide dismissed the coup claims as “a joke”.

President Nkurunziza has rejected calls to postpone next month’s election.

Gen Niyombareh said he did not recognise the leadership because the president’s bid for a third term violated the constitution.

Soldiers have surrounded the offices of the national broadcaster.

The unrest began on 26 April and has led to the deaths of more than 20 people.

Tens of thousands of Burundians have fled to neighbouring states in recent weeks.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Strange things about this Pierre is that he is not a very old fella but is a despot .One wonder if some African leaders have brain were it’s supposed to or have loostuff instead .Nkurunzinza we are in 2015 move with the times .

  2. All peace loving and progressive Africans should support the coup and then urge the coup leader to organise elections soonest. Me thinks this Nkurunziza despot should be charged for the murder of the 20 Burundese. I rest my case.

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