Burundi’s former president Pierre Buyoya has died in Paris of Covid-19 at the age of 71, relatives said Friday, just weeks after he resigned as the African Union’s special envoy to Mali and the Sahel.
Relatives confirmed the death of the 71-year-old former president on Friday, December 18, only weeks after resigning as Special Envoy of the African Union to Mali and the Sahel.
A family member said Buyoya, who was credited with helping foster democracy in the country but was suspected of involvement in the assassination of his successor, was hospitalized on Wednesday in the capital of Mali, Bamako.
“He was evacuated to Paris yesterday afternoon. His plane made a stopover and arrived in France in the evening,” the family member said, requesting anonymity.
“He died as the ambulance took him to hospital in Paris for treatment” on Thursday night, the source added.
Several other relatives reported the death of Buyoya, who served as the special envoy of the AU to Mali and the Sahel from 2012 until November this year.