Coup D’etat: General shuts down airport, borders to prevent country's President from getting home

Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza was attending a regional crisis meeting in Tanzania while he was being overthrown by the military in his country.

Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza

Following a military coup to overthrow Burundian President, the general who launched the coup has ordered that the country's airport and borders be shutdown.

Godefroid Niyombare, a top Burundian general, led a coup today, May 13, to overthrow the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, whose third term re-election bid has thrown the country into chaos – with citizens protesting the move.

Nkurunziza was attending a regional crisis meeting in Tanzania while he was being unseated in Burundi. He was said to be heading back home hours after the coup took place when Niyombare ordered the closure of the airport and borders to prevent the President from flying into the country.

“I order the closure of the airport and border, and I ask every citizen and law enforcement down to the airport to protect it,” General Niyombare said in a radio broadcast.

Tanzanian government spokesman Salva Rweyemamu had told AFP that Nkurunziza left the meeting to attend to the situation in Burundi.

“He has left because of the situation prevailing in Burundi,” he said.


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