Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza dies of 'heart attack'

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. He died days before handing over. FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Burundians went to the ballot on May 20 in an election that fielded seven candidates.
  • The election marked the end of Nkurunziza's 15-year-long rule after his attempt to seek a third term led to riots and political unrest.

If you asked many people on the street of any of the East African capital, they would probably tell you that Pierre Nkurunziza was an election-stealing oppressor, who led a corrupt government of a poor country, but had the great heart to send his army to keep the peace in troubled Somalia.

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