Issued on: 09/06/2020 – 16:47Modified: 09/06/2020 – 16:47
Burundis government says President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack at age 55.
A statement on Tuesday says the president was admitted to a hospital overnight Saturday after not feeling well. He appeared better Sunday but “to very great surprise” his health abruptly worsened Monday morning, and several hours of effort failed to revive him.
JUST IN: Govt of Burundi announce death of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
According to this statement Mr Nkurunziza died after suffering a heart attack. pic.twitter.com/Ui8fEwozga
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) June 9, 2020
Nkurunziza took office 15 years ago, and his decision to run for a disputed third term in 2015 led Burundi into turmoil that left hundreds of people dead. Facing allegations of widespread abuses, his government angrily rejected scrutiny, becoming the first country to leave the International Criminal Court.
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