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 Covid-19 at the age of 71, several close relatives told AFP on Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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