Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

Burundi’s outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack in a hospital in east-central Burundi, said a government statement issued here on Tuesday.

Nkurunziza watched a volleyball match in Ngozi Province in the morning of June 6, before being taken to a hospital in Karusi Province for treatment as he felt discomfort in the evening, the statement said.

His health condition improved on Sunday but surprisingly changed later and died at the age of 55, it said, adding that immediate intensive care was conducted by multidisciplinary doctors with cardio-respiratory assistance for many hours but were failed to recuperate the deceased.

“Burundian government offers its sincere condolences to his family and all Burundians,” said the statement.

The government also announced a seven-day national mourning.

Nkurunziza was elected the president of Burundi in 2005, and was re-elected in 2010 and in 2015. Enditem

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