Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Burundi general declares coup against President Nkurunziza after days of protest


A Burundi army general says senior officers are "dismissing" President Nkurunziza, amid unrest over his re-election bid.

Godefroid Niyombareh announced that a national salvation committee had been set up to run the country.

However, it is not clear how much support he and the other officers have.

President Nkurunziza is currently at a summit in Tanzania discussing his decision to run for a third term, which critics say is unconstitutional.

Police fired tear gas and live ammunition on protesters on Wednesday as they came within a kilometre of the presidency in the capital Bujumbura.

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