The Burundian army has declared it is taking control of Burundi in a radio announcement.
The coup d’etat was announced on public radio, with senior army generals saying they were deposing the embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is travelling to Tanzania to meet East Africa Community leaders to discuss the recent violence that has rocked his country.
“Forces Vives de the nation have decided to take charge of the nation,” Godefroid Niyombare, a former SNP chief fired in February, said in the radio announcement. “President Pierre Nkurunziza is removed from office.”
Burundi’s opposition leaders have denied being behind the coup. Former rebel militia leader and presidential hopeful Agathon Rwasa told IBTimes UK he did not know about the coup.
“I am discovering it now on the radio, just like you,” he told IBTimes UK from the capital Bujumbura. “Now, we will have to see what happens next.”
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