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BBC: Burundi: What is behind the coup bid?

A Burundi army general has said that President Pierre Nkurunziza has been "overthrown".

The move follows weeks of demonstrations, mainly in the capital, Bujumbura.

Why has there been a coup attempt?

The trouble began in April when it was announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for a third term.

Protesters took to the streets saying the former rebel leader, who has been in power for nearly 10 years, was not entitled to do so.

They are unhappy that the constitutional court has ruled that as Mr Nkurunziza was appointed by parliament in 2005 - and not directly elected - he can stand again.

Some army generals agree this flies in the face of the peace accord that ended a brutal 12-year civil war - and say they are relieving the president of his duties.


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