Skip to content
Subscriber Only

African Leaders Arrive in Burundi for Political Crisis Talks

  • Five heads of state making bid to quell 10 months of violence
  • Rights group says authorities using `increasing brutality'
Updated on

Leaders of five African nations arrived in Burundi as part of a continental delegation seeking to quell a 10-month political crisis that’s claimed more than 440 lives.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Senegal’s Macky Sall were received by Burundi’s leader, Pierre Nkurunziza, late Wednesday at a ceremony at the airport in the capital, Bujumbura. South African President Jacob Zuma arrived early Thursday, as did Ethiopian premier Hailemariam Desalegn and Gabon’s Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba, Burundian government officials said.