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May 23, 2015

Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital: activist

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard were shot dead in the capital by gunmen on Saturday, a civil society activist and residents said, adding to tensions after a month of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.

Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, and his bodyguard were killed in the Ngagara district, Anshere Nikoyagize, the head of the civil society group Ligue ITEKA, told Reuters. Residents said he was killed near his home.

May 19, 2015

Burundi president fires defense chief after coup attempt

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza sacked his defense and foreign ministers on Monday, five days after surviving an attempted coup by generals opposed to his bid for a third term in office.

In a decree seen by Reuters, Nkurunziza declined to give any reasons for the dismissals. “President does not have to explain,” one of his spokesmen said in a follow-up text message. “Constitution gives him powers to (do) so.”

May 18, 2015

Burundi protests resume, Kenya calls for poll delay

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Small groups of protesters shouted slogans against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in office on Monday, resuming street demonstrations days after he survived an attempted coup.

The atmosphere was tense as soldiers deployed in the east African nation’s capital, Bujumbura, where more than 20 people were killed in almost three weeks of unrest before last week’s failed putsch, a Reuters witness said.

May 17, 2015

Burundi president appears in capital, warns of Islamist threat

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday made his first public appearance in the capital Bujumbura since an attempted coup last week failed to oust him, warning of a threat posed by Islamist militants from Somalia.

The east African nation was plunged into crisis after Nkurunziza said he was seeking a third term of office.

May 16, 2015

Burundi takes 18 suspects in failed coup to court

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi took 18 people suspected of involvement in a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza to the high court on Saturday, relatives of some of the accused said.

Earlier, about a hundred demonstrators took to the streets of Bujumbura to protest against Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term, defying the president’s call the previous day for an end to the weeks-long protests.

May 14, 2015

Crowds cheer as Burundi army officer says he has deposed absent president

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A Burundian general said on Wednesday he had deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office and was forming a transitional government, after more than two weeks of protests against the re-election bid.

But as cheering crowds streamed onto the streets of Bujumbura, sporadic gunfire was heard in the center of the capital, and it was not immediately clear how much support Major General Godefroid Niyombare had.

May 13, 2015

Burundi army officer says he has deposed president, crowds cheer

BUJUMBURA, May 13 (Reuters) – A Burundian general said on
Wednesday he had deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking
an unconstitutional third term in office and was forming a
transitional government, after more than two weeks of protests
against the election bid.

But as cheering crowds streamed onto the streets of
Bujumbura, sporadic gunfire was heard in the centre of the
capital, and it was not immediately clear how much support Major
General Godefroid Niyombare had.

May 13, 2015

Burundi army officer says sacks president, crowds celebrate

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A Burundi army general said on Wednesday he had sacked Pierre Nkurunziza as president for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, and was working with civil society groups to form a transitional government.

The presidential office quickly rubbished the declaration by Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who was fired by Nkurunziza as intelligence chief in February. “We consider it as a joke not as a military coup,” presidential aide Willy Niyamitwe told Reuters.

May 13, 2015

Burundi army officer says dismisses President Nkurunziza

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A senior Burundi army officer said on Wednesday he was dismissing Pierre Nkurunziza as president because his bid for a third term violated the constitution, and soldiers surrounded the state broadcaster building in the capital.

The presidential office quickly rubbished the declaration by Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who was fired by Nkurunziza as intelligence chief in February, as “a joke”.

May 7, 2015

Man burned alive in Burundi protest against presidential bid

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Protesters burned a man alive on the streets of Burundi’s capital on Thursday, saying he was a member of the ruling party’s youth wing that had attacked them during demonstrations against the president’s third-term bid, a witness said.

Protesters have been on Bujumbura’s streets for almost two weeks, often hurling stones at police who they say have fired live rounds, which police deny.