Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza Returns To Bujumbura


Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has returned to the capital Bujumbura in the wake of a failed coup attempt. Mr Nkurunziza was in Tanzania when military leaders moved against his bid for a third term on Wednesday. BBC was there:

Three of the coup leaders have been arrested, though the main leader is still on the run, a presidential spokesman said. More than 105,000 people have fled the country since unrest began in Burundi last month, the UN says.

After returning from Tanzania, Mr Nkurunziza initially travelled to his northern hometown of Ngozi, before continuing to the presidential palace in Bujumbura.

In an address to the nation published on the president’s website, but not yet broadcast, he has linked demonstrations against his bid for a third term to the attempted coup. He said that he would retaliate against anyone who launched an attack on Burundi, and that people would “not be allowed to set fire” to the country.

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