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Burundi President Dies

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THE President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 55.

Nkurunziza was admitted to hospital on Saturday after feeling unwell, his condition improved. But, on Monday, officials said he had a cardiac arrest and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza

He was due to step down in August after 15 years in power.

In 2015, the announcement that he would run for a third term plunged the country into chaos.

It sparked anger as some questioned the legality of a third-term bid and also a failed coup attempt where hundreds of people died in clashes and tens of thousands fled the country.

After a change in the constitution, he was able to run for a further term in last month’s election but he decided to retire and was to be known as the “supreme guide to patriotism.”

 

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