The government’s statement on Twitter stated that the current 55-year-old president died at Karuzi Hospital after a heart attack.
The Burundi government said that outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza, now 55, died of a heart attack.
In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the government announced that it “deeply grieves the Burundians and the international community.”
According to the statement, Nkurunziza participated in a volleyball match on Saturday afternoon and was taken to the hospital that night after falling ill.
Although he seemed to recover on Sunday and talk to people around him, his condition suddenly deteriorated on Monday morning. He then had a heart attack, and despite the immediate rescue, the doctor was unable to revive him.
Nkurunziza died in a hospital in Karuzi, east Burundi.
The government said that starting from Tuesday, there will be a seven-day national mourning period and the national flag will be hoisted at half flag.
Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reported from Kenya’s capital Nairobi that the government’s claimed cause of death was suspected by some Burundians on social media and elsewhere.
He said: “About 10 days ago, the first lady of Burundi, Denise Nkurunziza, flew to Nairobi to seek medical treatment. The reason for this has not been made public, but many local media reported that she suffered from COVID-19, “He says.
“Therefore, of course, there will now be a lot of speculation and speculation from Burundians and people living abroad, and this statement is due to the president suffering from heart disease.”
Last month, Burundi expelled representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) in criticism of the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. On the eve of the country’s May 20 general election, it conducted few coronavirus tests and held a large rally.