African Union condemns Burundi coup attempt

In a Thursday statement, AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she was closely following developments in Burundi

African Union condemns Burundi coup attempt

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The African Union Commission (AUC) has condemned a coup attempt in Burundi against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

In a Thursday statement, AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she was closely following developments in Burundi, where one day earlier a former intelligence chief announced the dismissal of Nkurunziza and his government.

"The chairperson condemns in the strongest terms today's coup attempt in Bujumbura," Dlamini-Zuma said in the statement.

"The chairperson recalls the AU's principle of rejecting unconstitutional changes of government and its commitment to the rule of law and democracy," she added.

The commission head went on to call for "the return to constitutional order," urging "all stakeholders to exercise utmost restraint and refrain from any act of violence likely to lead to further loss of lives, population displacement and destruction of property."

On Wednesday, former intelligence chief Godefroid Niyombare announced the "dismissal" of Nkurunziza and his government amid ongoing anti-government protests that have paralyzed the country for almost three weeks.

The presidency, however, quickly tweeted that the coup attempt had failed, giving no further details.

On Wednesday, Nkurunziza was forced to return to Tanzania – where he had attended a regional summit – after his plane was denied access to Burundian airspace.

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