Burundi says president has died of heart attack
NAIROBI, Kenya — Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack at age 56, the government announced Tuesday, ending a 15-year-rule marked by deadly political violence and a historic withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.
The statement posted on social media said the president was admitted to a hospital overnight Saturday after not feeling well. He appeared better Sunday but
“to very great surprise” his health abruptly worsened Monday morning, and several hours of effort failed to revive him.
Burundi’s government has declared a week of mourning.
Nkurunziza’s death comes weeks before president-elect ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye was expected to be sworn in after winning the May election. It was not clear what the government’s steps will be, and a spokesman was not available for comment.