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The military moves against Nkurunziza's third term bid

Demonstrators celebrate as they surround a police truck in Bujumbura on 13 May 2015 (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)
Demonstrators celebrate as they surround a police truck in Bujumbura on 13 May 2015 (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

The latest attempt to defy a national constitution has hit the buffers as army officers claim to have thrown the President out of office

The announcement by ex-Chief of the Army Staff Major General Godefroid Niyombare on 13 May that he and a group of senior officers had overthrown President Pierre Nkurunziza was met with jubilation by crowds in the streets of Bujumbura. Niyombare declared that a 'committee to establish national concord' had removed the President because of his 'defiance' and 'arrogance' towards those who had advised him not to stand for a third term of office.

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