Following weeks of violent protests against the president’s bid to stand for a third term – a top Burundian general on Wednesday announced that he has overthrown the administration of President Pierre Nkurunziza who travelled to Tanzania for EAC Summit.
The radio broadcast by General Godefroid Niyombare – came hours after President Nkurunziza arrived in neighbouring Tanzania for talks to end the crisis. However, it is not clear how much support he and the other officers have – as President Nkurunziza’s aides have dismissed the coup claims as “a joke”.
Police fired tear gas and live ammunition on protesters in the capital, Bujumbura, on Wednesday. The unrest began on 26 April and has led to the deaths of more than 20 people.
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