Burundi unrest: Top general announces overthrow of president Pierre Nkurunziza

A top Burundian general has announced the overthrow of president Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president’s bid to stand for a third term.

The radio broadcast by General Godefroid Niyombare — who was sacked from his position as the central African nation’s powerful chief of intelligence in February — came hours after Mr Nkurunziza arrived in neighbouring Tanzania for talks to end the crisis.

General Niyombare said on Wednesday he was working with civil society groups, religious leaders and politicians to form a transitional government.

“All people are asked to respect the lives and property of others,” General Niyombare said.

He said president Nkurunziza had violated the constitution by seeking a third term, in a statement to reporters at a military barracks.

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