– The Burundi government has announced the death of its president, Pierre Nkurunziza.
– The government in a statement said President Nkurunziza died in a hospital.
– The Burundi government said there would be a period of national mourning for seven days.
The president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, has died after suffering a heart attack, the government has disclosed. The government in a statement on Tuesday, June 9, announced that President Nkurunziza died at Karusi hospital, Aljazeera reported.
The statement which was posted on twitter disclosed that the president was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, June 6, after feeling unwell but he suffered a heart attack on Monday, June 8, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
URGENT: Le Gouvernement de la République du Burundi annonce avec une très grande tristesse le décès inopiné de Son Excellence Pierre Nkurunziza, Président de la République du Burundi, survenu à l’Hôpital du Cinquantenaire de Karusi suite à un arrêt cardiaque ce 8 juin 2020. pic.twitter.com/PP46kKzAM5
— Burundi Government (@BurundiGov) June 9, 2020
Nkurunziza was due to step down from the presidency in August 2020, after 15 years in power. He was 55. The government said there would be a period of national mourning for seven days from Tuesday and that flags would be flown at half-mast.