Military Coup in Burundi

Martial music is blaring on the airwaves in Burundi, a poor country in south-east Africa, even after the African Union has outlawed violent overthrow of government.

The military coup was said to have been organized by a former military intelligence officer named Godefroid Niyombareh, who was removed from office by President Pierre Nkurunziza in February.

The ousted president was away when the coup happened. His supporters in the military said the coup had failed. The situation is still uncertain, however.

There has been unrest for several weeks in the landlocked country over President Nkurunziza’s attempt to run for a third term, against the country’s constitution.


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