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    Earlier on Wednesday, Burundi Army Major General Godefroid Niyombareh said that President Nkurunziza has been dismissed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A coup attempt in the Republic of Burundi has failed, President Pierre Nkurunziza’s office said on Twitter Wednesday.

    “The situation is under control. A coup attempt has failed,” the statement reads.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Burundi Army Major General Godefroid Niyombareh, who was fired as the top intelligence official last February, said that President Nkurunziza has been dismissed.

    Mass protests erupted in Burundi in April over Nkurunziza’s bid to be re-elected for a third term. According to the army, the bid for a third term violates Burundi’s constitution.

    Nkurunziza has already served two consecutive terms in office, but the constitutional court endorsed the president’s bid saying his first term – for which he was appointed by the parliament, rather than re-elected – did not count.

    The protests in Burundi recently turned violent, with over 20 deaths and injuries reported in the country.

    President Nkurunziza is currently in Tanzania on a regional summit. He refused to postpone the election, arguing that his presidential bid is in accordance with the country’s constitution.


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