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Burundi Protestors Celebrate as General Launches Coup…

Abigail Higgins in Bujumbura, Sam Jones in London and Agencies | The Guardian   in 
May 13, 2015

Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is reported to be flying home from a summit in Tanzania after a former ally launched a coup in his absence following weeks of protests sparked by Nkurunziza’s deeply unpopular decision to seek a third term in office.

On Wednesday afternoon, Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who was fired by Nkurunziza as intelligence chief three months ago, told reporters at a barracks in the capital, Bujumbura, that he had “dismissed” the president and was working with civil society groups, religious leaders and politicians to form a transitional government.

The announcement followed three weeks of violent unrest that has left at least 20 people dead, forced more than 50,000 to flee the country and plunged Burundi into its worst crisis since the end of its 12-year civil war in 2006.


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