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Burundi's president reappears after failed coup.

BURUNDI president Pierre Nkurunziza has made his first appearance in the capital since the attempted coup against his government last week.

Mr Nkurunziza made a brief statement to journalists in the foyer of his heavily guarded presidential offices in Bujumbura.

He did not mention the failed coup plot against him or the protests that have rocked Burundi for weeks over his bid for a third term in office.

Instead he described how he contacted the presidents of nearby African countries to discuss the threat from Somalia's Islamic extremists, al-Shabab.

Burundi, Kenya and Uganda contribute troops to the African Union force in Somalia that is fighting al-Shabab. The extremist rebels have retaliated by carrying out violent attacks in Kenya and Uganda.

"You know that Burundi is among the countries that is contributing troops in Somalia and that's why I came here to contact my friends and my fellow presidents in Kenya and Uganda and these countries are being targeted by al-Shabab," Mr Nkurunziza said, adding that his aim in contacting fellow presidents was to find strategies to safeguard the security of Burundians.

Mr Nkurunziza was in neighbouring Tanzania on Wednesday when a general announced a coup. The rebellion was crushed and Mr Nkurunziza returned to Burundi, but he had not been seen in the capital until now.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 18, 2015
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