Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza Dies. He was 55

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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of heart failure, the government said Tuesday.

President Nkurunziza is reported to have died of a heart attack.

In a statement on their twitter page, the Government of Burundi announced: “The Government of the Republic of Burundi announces with great sadness the unexpected death of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi… following heart failure on June 8, 2020.” He was 55.


The outgoing president died at Karusi hospital after suffering a heart attack on June 8, the statement added.

In power since 2005, Nkurunziza was due to be replaced in August by political ally Evariste Ndayishimiye, who was declared earlier this month the winner of a May 20 presidential election.

Evariste was picked by the governing CNDD-FDD party to succeed President Nkurunziza, whose controversial decision to seek a third term in the last election in 2015 sparked mass unrest, violence and an opposition boycott.