Former Burundi President Pierre Buyoya Dies

Pierre Buyoya 71, served as president twice, from 1987-1993 and then 1996-2003. His death comes three weeks after he resigned from the position of the High Representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel Region. He said he needed time to focus on legal battles back home, following his trial in absentia and sentencing to life in prison for alleged assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye who had won the 1993 elections.

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President Kibaki (right) holds talks with former presidents Thabo Mbeki (South Africa) and Pierre Buyoya (Burundi), at his office in Nairobi (file photo).

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