Pierre Nkurunziza - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Pierre Nkurunziza

ARTICLE FINDER

Thousands bid farewell to former Burundi president at state funeral

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:11 PM

'Nowhere in Africa, or the world, has a leader been as close to God as president Nkurunziza was,' says President Evariste Ndayishimiye

STATE FUNERAL. The coffin, covered with he Burundi national flag, of late Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza, who died at the age of 55, is presented on a ceremonial vehicle during the national funeral at the Ingoma stadium in Gitega, Burundi, on June 26, 2020. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Burundi court orders president-elect sworn in after leader's death

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:03 PM

The court rules that the country must 'proceed, as soon as possible, with the swearing-in of the president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye'

PRESIDENT-ELECT. Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's Presidential candidate of the ruling party the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy, speaks to the media after voting during presidential and general elections at Bubu Primary school in Giheta, central Burundi, on May 20, 2020. File photo by AFP

Shock and fear as Burundi mourns veteran president

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Flags in Burundi are lowered to half-mast after the death of the 55-year-old leader

MOURNING. The Burundian national flag is taken down at the independent square in downtown Bujumbura as Burundi mourns the death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, on June 9, 2020. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza dies – government

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:44 PM

The government of the Republic of Burundi says Pierre Nkurunziza died 'following heart failure' on Monday, June 8

HEART FAILURE. In this file photo taken on January 26, 2020, Burundi's incumbent president Pierre Nkurunziza takes part in the ruling party CNDD-FDD's congress to nominate its presidential candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in 2020, at Gitega, central Burundi. File photo by STRINGER/AFP

War crimes court opens preliminary probe into Burundi crisis

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM

An ICC prosecutor says she had been following events since April 2015 when Burundi was thrown into turmoil by President Pierre Nkurunziza s announcement that he would run for a third term

VIOLENCE IN BURUNDI. In this file photo, Kenyan activists and Burundians residing in Kenya hold a candlelight service to call for peace in Burundi, that has been gripped by violence between police and armed groups since April. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Ban Ki-moon starts first visit to Burundi since start of crisis

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:06 AM

Ban Ki moon is to hold talk with Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday morning

Thousands protest in Burundi against Rwanda 'aggression'

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:41 AM

Burundi has accused Rwanda of backing rebels intent on overthrowing President Pierre Nkurunziza who was returned to power despite weeks of protests and calls from world leaders for him to step aside

PROTESTS. Demonstrators march on February 13, 2016, in Bujumbura during a protest against Rwanda. Photo by AFP

Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries – gov't

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:53 PM

The UNHCR says it is concerned over the announcement saying it seems to undermine the precedent of refugee protection Rwanda has set over decades

RELOCATION? In this file photo, Burundian refugee children line up to receive clothes from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees staff in a refugee camp in Gashora, some 55km south of the capital Kigali, Rwanda, May 18, 2015. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Paris demands 'immediate' release of French, British journalists in Burundi

Jan 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

French journalist Jean Philippe Remy and British photographer Philip Moore were arrested while reporting in the volatile central African nation

DEFIANCE. Protestors raise their hands behind a barricade during a demonstration in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 18, 2015. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

UN council makes little headway in Burundi crisis talks

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Burundi has been gripped by violence since April and more than 400 people have died since then and at least 230 000 have fled the country

Burundi rebels announce force to oust president

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:23 PM

This comes amid mounting regional pressure on the government to accept African Union peacekeepers which it calls an invasion force

US sanctions Burundi nationals for 'fueling violence'

Dec 19, 2015 - 9:58 AM

The US sanctions come after some 100 people were killed during and after coordinated assaults on 3 military installations in Burundi s capital Bujumbura on December 11

VIOLENCE IN BURUNDI. In this file photo, Kenyan activists and Burundians residing in Kenya hold a candlelight service to call for peace in Burundi, that has been gripped by violence between police and armed groups since April. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

87 killed in Burundi clashes – army

Dec 13, 2015 - 1:03 AM

Meanwhile several witnesses accuse soldiers and police of extrajudicial killings

US ejects Burundi from Africa trade pact AGOA

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:52 AM

US President Barack Obama takes the step in response to a continuing crackdown on opposition members which has included assassinations extra judicial killings arbitrary arrests and torture

EJECTING BURUNDI. US President Barack Obama says Burundi will be ejected from a pact offering African nations much-desired US market access. File photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

Failure to contain Burundi crisis risks regional war: UN

Sep 15, 2015 - 10:42 PM

A UN expert says failure by the international community to immediately intervene in Burundi can result in new mass atrocities and spark a wider regional war the proportions of which are impossible to predict

A Burundian protester wearing a gas mask and holding a sign that reads "Stop the third mandate" chants near a burning barricade in the Mugasa neighbourhood of Bujumbura on May 6, 2015. Government and opposition rivals are meeting in Burundi in a bid to end deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by the president, as regional foreign ministers arrived to add pressure. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE

Ex-head of Burundian army during civil war assassinated – family

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Colonel Jean Bikomagu a key figure in the former Tutsi dominated army was gunned down in his car by unidentified assailants

Burundi president wins controversial third term

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:47 AM

But President Pierre Nkurunziza s victory could trigger donor sanctions against the already impoverished nation

THIRD TERM. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is re-elected after winning the controversial elections. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

Burundi counts votes after controversial presidential polls

Jul 22, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Results from the polls condemned as illegitimate by the international community are expected by the end of Thursday July 23

COUNTING THE VOTES. Election monitors and representatives of the major parties look on as votes are read out after polls closed in the Vugizo neighborhood in the suburb of capital Bujumbura, Burundi, July 21, 2015. Will Swanson/EPA

Violence as Burundi votes with president seeking re-election

Jul 21, 2015 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED President Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence

In this file photo, electoral officials gather in the courtyard of the administrative building of the Bwiza district of Bujumbura, where ballots are counted on June 29, 2015. Marco Longari/AFP

Bitterly divided Burundi heads for elections

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appears set to win a controversial third consecutive term in elections on Tuesday July 21 a hollow victory that will leave him ruling over a violently divided nation

In this file photo, electoral staff work at a polling station in Bujumbura, Burundi, 29 June 2015. Ajax Nzeyimana/EPA

12 killed in Burundi clashes on Rwanda border – official

Jul 12, 2015 - 12:13 AM

The attack has been claimed by rebel Burundian army soldiers who attempted but failed to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza in a coup in mid May

UN: Burundi elections not free or credible

Jul 03, 2015 - 6:42 AM

United Nations observers say Elections in Burundi wracked by violence and boycotted by the opposition are free or credible a day after clashes left 6 dead in the capital

EMPTY. Electoral commission staff sit in an empty polling station in the neighborhood of Kinama in Bujumbura on June 29, 2015. Today's vote is for local and parliamentary seats, with a presidential election due to follow on July 15. Photo by Phil Moore / AFP

Detained Rwandan journalist in Burundi freed

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:07 PM

Burundi has been in crisis since late April over President Pierre Nkurunziza s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five year term

PROTEST. A man is lifted by police during a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. Photo by Landry Nshimiye / AFP

Crisis-hit Burundi confirms new dates for controversial elections

Jun 10, 2015 - 11:32 PM

The presidency announces Burundi will go ahead with parliamentary elections on June 29 and a presidential poll on July 15 confirming a delay in the votes caused by weeks of civil unrest

STILL BURNING. A Burundian protester looks on in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Cibitoke neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 02 June 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA

Protests flare again in Burundi's capital

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED Protestors in Burundi once again defy police as they began the 38th day of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza s plan to run for a controversial third term

TORCHED. A masked Burundian protester faces soldiers in front of a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 25 May 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA

Regional summit on Burundi crisis opens in Tanzania

May 31, 2015 - 9:08 PM

The summit aims to resolve the crisis in Burundi regarding President Pierre Nkurunziza s bid for a third term in office

New blow to Nkurunziza as Burundi election official flees

May 30, 2015 - 11:13 PM

A second election board member is also thought to have fled reflecting mounting unease with the country s power structure over Nkurunziza s attempt to stay put despite worsening civil unrest

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

Burundi asks for donations to fund controversial elections

May 26, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The government of Burundi appeals for national solidarity asking for public donations to fund the controversial elections that sparked weeks of civil unrest and a coup attempt

DEFIANCE. A Burundian protester throws from a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 22 May 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA

Burundi opposition leader murdered, activists vow intensified protests

May 25, 2015 - 12:36 AM

Those who killed Feruzi Zedi will pay sooner or later one sign held by mourners reads

Calm as Burundi truce starts after deadly protests

May 23, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Talks between protesters opposition parties and the government had been taking place says a civil society leader

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

Heavy gunfire at Burundi protests as poll delayed

May 20, 2015 - 10:20 PM

The European Union joins the African Union in calling for a delay to the elections while South African President Jacob Zuma said they should be postponed indefinitely

Burundi protesters defy calls to end anti-government demos

May 19, 2015 - 9:02 PM

UPDATED Protesters opposed to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza call for him to step down defying warnings to end weeks of demonstrations as security forces fired shots to restore order after a failed coup

DEFIANCE. Protestors raise their hands behind a barricade during a demonstration in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 18, 2015. Photo by Carl de Souza / AFP

Burundi president sacks key ministers after coup bid

May 19, 2015 - 9:06 AM

Hundreds of protesters defy warnings to end demonstrations and resume weeks of anti government street marches

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

Burundi coup defeated, but troubles far from over

May 16, 2015 - 9:58 PM

There are fears that post coup Burundi could slide into a cycle of vicious reprisals against anyone linked to the coup brought upon by President Nkurunziza s controversial bid to seek a third term

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. File photo by Christophe Karaba/AFP

Burundi coup ends in failure, leaders arrested or on run

May 15, 2015 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED The dramatic end to the coup attempt comes shortly after the presidency announces that Nkurunziza – who was abroad when the coup was declared – had returned to the country

BURUNDI POWER STRUGGLE. A file picture dated 24 June 2010 shows President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza raising his fist as he delivers a speech at a campaign for the presidential elections 2010 in Bujumbura, Burundi. File Photo by EPA.

Burundi troops battle for control of state radio station

May 14, 2015 - 8:53 PM

UPDATED State run radio in Burundi goes off the air on Thursday an Agence France Presse correspondent and a station director said after pro coup troops launched a major assault on the state broadcaster

PROTEST. A man is lifted by police during a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. Photo by Landry Nshimiye / AFP

Top Burundi general launches coup attempt against president

May 13, 2015 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED The outcome of the putsch is still uncertain with the presidency dismissing what it said was an imaginary coup and vowing the perpetrators would be brought to justice

Burundi orders immediate end to protests

May 09, 2015 - 11:28 PM

The government order sets the stage for a showdown with the demonstrators who vow to continue their protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza s bid for a third term in office

PROTESTS. A police officer walks past a burning barricade in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 5, 2015. Phil Moore/AFP

Burundi rivals meet in bid to end political crisis – sources

May 06, 2015 - 3:59 PM

The meetings come after furious protesters dismissed a constitutional court ruling that allows President Pierre Nkurunziza to run in June elections

A police officer walks past a burning barricade in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 5, 2015. Phil Moore/AFP

Burundi gov't denounces 'terrorists', vows to stop protests

May 02, 2015 - 8:28 PM

Opposition figures say President Pierre Nkurunziza s attempt to stand for a third consecutive term violates the constitution as well as a peace deal that ended a civil war in 2006

Arrests, radio station shut as Burundi hit by fresh protests

Apr 27, 2015 - 10:54 PM

The president a former rebel leader and born again Christian has been in power since 2005 Opposition figures and rights groups say his attempt to stay put goes against the constitution