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Burundi’s outgoing president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has died as he prepares to hand over power to a chosen successor. His cause of death on 9 June was officially stated as cardiac arrest, but his wife was reported to have been airlifted to a Nairobi hospital in May suffering from coronavirus symptoms. Nkurunziza, who was 55, had said Burundi was virtually unaffected by the pandemic, and elections went ahead on 20 May, with retired army general Evariste Ndayishimiye winning a majority.