Update May 13, 2015

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Burundi general overthrows president

Sumel Sarker

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza talks during an interview at the Westin hotel in Paris on June 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Burundi general overthrows president

13 May 2015, Nirapad News: A Burundi army general says senior officers are ‘dismissing’ President Pierre Nkurunziza, amid unrest over his re-election bid.

Godefroid Niyombareh announced that a national salvation committee had been set up to run the country.

However, it is not clear how much support he and the other officers have.

President Nkurunziza is currently at a summit in Tanzania discussing his decision to run for a third term, which critics say is unconstitutional.

Police fired tear gas and live ammunition on protesters on Wednesday as they came within a kilometer of the presidency in the capital Bujumbura, reports the BBC.

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