South Africa: Too early to call a Burundi coup

Crowds celebrate in Burundi after army officer says dismisses president

South Africa: Too early to call a Burundi coup

World Bulletin / News Desk

South Africa is monitoring the situation in Burundi closely after a senior general said on Wednesday he had dismissed President Pierre Nkurunziza but it was too early to determine whether the move amounted to a coup, the foreign ministry said.

"It's way too early to say," a spokesman said.

 

Burundi army officer says forming transitional government

Burundi Major General Godefroid Niyombare said on Wednesday he was working with civil society groups, religious leaders and politicians to form a transitional government, after saying he and other senior officers had dismissed the president.

Niyombare, who said President Pierre Nkurunziza had violated the constitution by seeking a third term, made the comments in a statement to reporters at a military barracks. His remarks were later broadcast on local radio stations.

 

Despite the celebrations the outcome of the coup attempt remains unclear

Crowds celebrate in Burundi after army officer says dismisses president

Crowds poured onto the streets of Burundi's capital on Wednesday to celebrate after a general said he was dismissing President Pierre Nkurunziza for violating the constitution by seeking a third term in office, a Reuters witness said.

The people sang and cheered. Just hours earlier, demonstrators had been protesting on the same roads against the president's bid for another five years in office.

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