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Burundi’s outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza dead from ‘cardiac arrest’

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:08

Burundi The Disappeared
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza walks to a polling station to cast his vote for the presidential election, in his hometown of Ngozi, Burundi on July 21 2015 (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

The President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, died on Monday, according to a government statement.

The government of Burundi announced on Tuesday the “unexpected death” of Pierre Nkurunziza, outgoing president of Burundi, who died on Monday 8 June at the Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital in Karuzi, following a “cardiac arrest”.

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During the night of Saturday to Sunday, Nkurunziza “felt faint and quickly went to the hospital in Karuzi to be treated”.  Although, an official statement had stated that “his health improved” on Sunday, he suffered a cardiac arrest Monday morning.

The longtime outgoing president (2005 -2020) stepped aside from running in the 20 May elections, even though he technically could have presented himself as a candidate.

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“Immediate resuscitation was undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of doctors for several hours with cardio-respiratory assistance,” said the Burundian government. But “the medical team was unable to recover the patient.