Burundi coup fails

One of the renegade generals who tried to seize power in Burundi says he recognises that their attempt to overthrow the president has failed.

General Cyrille Ndayirukiye told the AFP news agency that most in the military wanted to keep the current government in power.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has tweeted he is back in the country.

Throughout Thursday there were fatal clashes in the capital, Bujumbura, leaving at least five soldiers dead.

The whereabouts of the man who launched the coup, Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, are unknown.

Thousands celebrated on the streets of the capital after Gen Niyombare announced the takeover on national radio on Wednesday whilst President Nkurunziza attended a summit in Tanzania.

This followed weeks of protests against Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office, an apparently unconstitutional move, causing tens of thousands to flee the country.


May 15 2015