JUST IN: COUP D'ETAT…Burundian Army Announces Overthrow Of President Pierre Nkurunziza

Demonstrators take part in a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIYE
According to ibtimes, the Burundian army has declared it is taking control of Burundi in a radio announcement. The coup d'etat was announced in a radio broadcast, with senior army generals saying they were deposing embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is travelling to Tanzania to meet leaders of the East Africa Community to discuss the recent violence that has rocked his country.

"Forces Vives de the Nation have decided to take charge of the nation," Godefroid Niyombareh, who was fired by Nkurunziza as intelligence chief in February, said in the radio announcement. The EAC is made up of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi.

Niyombareh announced that a national salvation committee had been set up to run the country, and said he is working with civil society and other groups on forming a transitional government.

"All people are asked to respect the lives and property of others," Niyombare added.

Military officers have been reported to be closing in on the Radio-Télévision

International reaction

A South African foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters that "it's way too early to say" whether a coup had taken place in Burundi but added that the situation is being closely monitored.

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