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Burundian president dies

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/09/20, 05:41 pm

Burundi declared a week of mourning after President Pierre Nkurunziza died just weeks before he would have left office. He was 56. Nkurunziza was admitted to a hospital on Saturday night and died on Monday of cardiac arrest, the government announced on Tuesday.

What was his legacy? Nkurunziza held the presidency for 15 years, winning a third term in 2015. His victory sparked widespread unrest in the country. Nkurunziza announced in 2018 that he would not seek a fourth term but was expected to retain a position in the new government. The country was set to mark its first peaceful and democratic transfer of power after Evariste Ndayishimiye won last month’s presidential election.

Dig deeper: Read my report in World Tour on Burundi’s election process during the pandemic.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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