Saturday, May 16, 2015

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza thanks army on return

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has thanked the army for thwarting a coup and called for calm on his return to the capital, Bujumbura.
Mr Nkurunziza also urged people to turn out "in tranquillity" for elections expected in June. 
The president was in Tanzania when military leaders moved against his bid for a third term on Wednesday. 
Three coup leaders have been arrested, though the main leader is still on the run, a presidential spokesman said.
More than 105,000 people have fled the country since unrest began in Burundi last month, the UN says.
After returning from Tanzania, Mr Nkurunziza initially travelled to his northern hometown of Ngozi, before continuing to the presidential palace in Bujumbura.
In an address to the nation published on the president's website, he said there was "peace and security all over the country", including the capital, where he said a "handful of rebels set out to shed blood".
He said the army had "showed courage and determination by thwarting the macabre plans" of coup plotters, adding: "We would like to exhort Burundians to show restraint and calm so that our long-hoped-for democracy should not disappear."

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