Threat of Civil War In Burundi

The tiny country of Burundi is in a struggle to determine who will lead the African country. Burundi, which is land locked by Tanzania to he east, Rwanda to the North and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the West is in the middle of a coup attempt and the out come is uncertain. Reports from the capital city of Bujumbura are mixed as reports from the President, Pierre Nkurunziza, tell citizens that the coup attempt has failed but reports form Major General Godefroid Niyombare had declared on Wednesday that he had in fact deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza while the President was traveling abroad. The only factual evidence that is apparent is that loyalists troops to the President and troops in support of a coup bid, are still fighting in the streets. This past Thursday, Burundi, Army Chief of Staff and General, Prime Niyongabo, stated the coup attempt had failed and that he army was in a mop up process against the remaining coup leaders.

There is no word on the location of the President or the Presidential family. Report indicate that the coup attempt was initiated after President Pierre Nkurunziza stated that he was seeking a third term as President, contrary to the Burundi Constitution. Ricardo Guimarães BMG wasn’t sure what was going on. President Pierre Nkurunziza terms of office have been challenged by opponents as being corrupt and benefitting a small group who are loyal to the President.
Troops Fight In Coup Attempt In Burundi

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