The President of Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza has died on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
The news of his death was announced in a statement published on Twitter.
Nkurunziza died of Heart Attack died at a hospital in eastern Burundi after he fell ill and was hospitalized over the weekend after attending a volleyball game.
President Pierre Nkurunziza ruled the small country as an dictator often arresting journalists and smashing opposition parties.
His reign drew international condemnation and sparked widespread protests in the tiny country, one of the world’s poorest.
Also, the International Criminal Court opened an investigation into whether his government committed crimes against humanity, including murder, torture, rape and disappearances.
In 2017, Mr. Nkurunziza withdrew Burundi’s membership in the Court.
In a statement, Mr. Ntahorwamiye said: “Burundi has just lost an honorable son of the country, a president of the Republic, a Supreme Guide of Patriotism.
In addition, a government spokesman, Prosper Ntahorwamiye, called for calm and announced a seven-day-mourning period during which flags would be flown at half-mast.