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Ex-Burundian President, Col Jean-Baptiste Bagaza Dies

Former presidents of Burundi, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, has died at the age of 69 in hospital in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

He came to power in a coup in 1976 and ruled until he was deposed in 1987.

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Much of the country’s infrastructure and industry was built up during this time and it was one of the most stable periods in the country’s post-independence history.

Current President Pierre Nkurunziza tweeted his “condolences to his family and all Burundians” in French:

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