Pierre Nkurunziza: Burundi rebel leader turned controversial president

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza died of a heart attack, according to a government statement released June 9, a day after he passed away in a local hospital. He was 55 years.

He had been in power since 2005 and was due to be replaced in August by president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye, who won the May 20 presidential election.

In this article we take a look at major developments since the death was announced – from presidential condolences to the next steps to be taken for a transition to …

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