Burundi General Declares Coup Against President Nkurunziza

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Adopted From BBC World News (Africa)

A Burundi army general says senior officers are “dismissing” President Pierre Nkurunziza, amid unrest over his bid to be re-elected to a third term.

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Maj Gen 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 in Tanzania meeting other East African leaders to discuss the crisis. His aide 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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