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Outgoing Burundi President Dies


Pierre Nkuruzinza, the 55-year-old President of Burundi is dead.

Nkurunziza’s death was announced through his twitter account this afternoon.

He was due to step down as the president in August after last month’s elections that saw his ruling party; the National Council for the Defense of Democracy candidate, Evariste Ndayishimiye triumph.

According to available information, Nkuruzinza was full of life on Saturday. He actually watched his favourite game of football at a local Stadium in the capital Bujumbura. But later in the evening, he was rushed to hospital after he was taken ill.

On Sunday he became better again. But the following day, Monday his situation deteriorated and was taken in the intensive care unit after he suffered a cardiac arrest which doctors failed to resuscitate him from. He was pronounced dead this afternoon.

Social media in Burundi is abuzz with stories that the President could have succumbed to Coronavirus Disease.

According to the Burundian constitution, the speaker of parliament will take over as president up to August when Ndayishimiye assumes the presidency.

Flags around Burundi are going to fly on half-mast for seven days as the country mourns the passing of the president.

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