Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza is dead.
Nkurunziza reportedly died of heart failure on Tuesday. It is not clear if his death is connected to the coronavirus pandemic, but Burundi’s first lady reportedly traveled to kenya to treat said virus.
His death was confirmed by the country’s government on its official Twitter page.
The tweet reads, “The Government of the Republic of Burundi announces with great sadness the unexpected death of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, following heart failure on June 8, 2020.”
The deceased was due to be replaced in August by political ally Evariste Ndayishimiye, who won the May 20 2020 Presidential election.
Burundi is one of the African countries that did not officially record a single coronavirus case.