Burundi Ex-President Buyoya Dies Of COVID-19

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Pierre Buyoya, a former President of Burundi has died.

The man died Paris of -19 at the age of 71, several close relatives told AFP on Friday.

“President Pierre Buyoya died last night Paris. He had -19,” a member of his told AFP, requesting anonymity.

Several relatives confirmed the of Buyoya, who served as special envoy of the Mali and the Sahel from 2012 until November this year.

Buyoya “had been hospitalised Wednesday last week Bamako where he placed on a respirator,” the member said.

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

Buyoya resigned as AU envoy in November after being sentenced life imprisonment in Burundi the month prior the 1993 of his successor, which he denounced as politically motivated.

Buyoya, an ethnic Tutsi, first came to in Burundi, of the smallest countries in Africa, in a coup in 1987.