Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza dies at 55

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has died aged 55 years.

Reports indicate that he died at the Karusi Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital following a cardiac arrest on June 8, 2020.

“He watched a volleyball match on Saturday afternoon in Ngozi but became unwell later that night. He was rushed to hospital and by Sunday his health had improved. He was able to interact with people who were around him,” a statement from the Government Spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiy reads.

On Monday afternoon however, President Nkurunziza’s health deteriorated drastically.

Doctors are said to have tried to resuscitate him for several hours but to no avail.

“Burundi has lost a son, a President and a key figure of patriotism. He was an example to the people of Burundi as someone who respected God. I urge Burundians to remain calm and continue praying for the soul of the President,” the statement adds.

The Burundian Government has announced seven days of national mourning and the country’s flags will fly half-mast during this period.

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