Military Coup In Burundi As Army General Announces Overthrow Of President

A top Burundian general on Wednesday announced the overthrow of
President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against
his bid to stand for a third term.

The radio broadcast by General Godefroid
Niyombare, who was sacked from his position as the central African
nation’s powerful chief of intelligence in February, came hours after
President Nkurunziza arrived in neighbouring Tanzania for talks to end
the crisis.
“Regarding President Nkurunziza’s arrogance and
defiance of the international community which advised him to respect the
constitution and Arusha peace agreement, the committee for the
establishment of the national concord decide: President Nkurunziza is
dismissed, his government is dismissed too,” he said.

Niyombare said he was working with civil society groups, religious leaders and politicians to form a transitional government.

The presidential office have also made an announcement declaring Niyombare’s statement as “a joke”.

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