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Burundi President Returns After Coup Attempt Fizzles

Friday, 15 May 2015 05:51 AM

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — An attempted coup in Burundi appeared on Friday to have fizzled out after the office of President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was back in the country and the streets were mostly calm.

Along a highway in the south of the country, there were many police checkpoints but otherwise life was going on as normal.

On Thursday fighting erupted between loyalist troops and forces supporting a major general who had announced the coup bid on Wednesday while Nkurunziza was in Tanzania for a meeting with regional leaders about unrest in his country.

His bid for a third term had triggered protests, with opponents saying it violated the Constitution as well as peace accords that ended a civil war here. At least 15 people were killed in the demonstrations that began on April 26, a day after the ruling party made Nkurunziza its presidential candidate.

Burundi's presidency announced late Thursday that Nkurunziza had returned to Burundi. He has not appeared in public. The announcement also saluted the police, who had tried to quell the demonstrations, for their patriotism.

Still, the U.S. urged its citizens to leave the country and advised against traveling to Burundi. The U.S. Embassy in Burundi said it is closed Friday amid the insecurity.

Burundi's Constitution states a president can be popularly elected to two five-year terms. Nkurunziza maintains he is eligible for a third because parliament elected him to his first term, leaving him open to be popularly elected to two terms.

Burundi erupted into civil war in 1993 following the assassination of the country's first ethnic Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye. That conflict, which split open longstanding ethnic tensions between the Hutu and the Tutsi people, lasted until 2005.

Nkurunziza, a Hutu, took over as president and embarked on a campaign of ethnic reconciliation and economic rehabilitation.

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