The President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza has being pronounced dead after an official statement was posted on the twitter account of the Burundi government.
Nkurunziza controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015 was condemned by the opposition as unconstitutional and sparked mass unrest.
After a failed military coup and crackdown by security forces, thousands of people fled to neighbouring countries to escape the violence.
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Nkurunziza’s final years in office were racked by turmoil.
He died at a hospital in Karuzi, in the eastern part of Burundi. He is reported to have suffered a heart attack, all attempt to save him proved futile.
According reports, Doctors immediate resuscitation attempt, couldn’t sustain him leading to his death.
By Fuseina Issaka | Head of International News.