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Covid-19 kills Burundi’s Former President, Pierre Buyoya.

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Information reaching Myghanamedia.com newsroom says that the Former President of Burundi. Pierre Buyoya has pass away at the of  aged 71 years, this was confirmed  by his cousin and a diplomatic source to the British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC).

The family source said the former president of Burundi Pierre Buyoya  died in Paris of Covid-19 complications on Thursday.

“President Pierre Buyoya died last night in Paris due to Coronavirus ,” a member of his family said . The late former, Pierre Buyoya served as special envoy of the African Union to Mali and the Sahel from 2012 until November this year.

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He was hospitalized on Wednesday last week in Bamako where he was placed on a respirator,”  according to the report.

“He was evacuated to Paris yesterday afternoon. His plane made a stopover and arrived in France in the evening. He died as the ambulance took him to hospital in Paris for treatment,” the source said

Last month, he resigned from an African Union role as envoy to the Sahel region, saying he wanted to devote more time on clearing his name after being sentenced to life imprisonment in Burundi the month prior over the 1993 assassination of his successor, which he denounced as politically motivated.

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Buyoya, an ethnic Tutsi was born on November 24, 1949 at Rutovu , Burundi,

He came to power as president in Burundi, one of the smallest countries in Africa, in a coup in 1987.

He stepped down in 1993 in the country’s first democratic elections in which Melchior Ndadaye, a Hutu, resoundingly beat him.

But hardline ethnic Tutsi soldiers killed Ndadaye just four months into the job.

His murder plunged Burundi into years of civil war between the majority Hutus and minority Tutsis.

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Buyoya became president again after a coup, ruling from 1996 to 2003.

In 2000, he signed the Arusha Accords, an agreement aimed at ending the civil war which left an estimated 300,000 people dead between 1993 and 2006. He stepped down in 2003 in line with the accords. He denied any wrongdoing.

 

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