Burundi President Nkurunziza Sacks Ministers Amid Protests Over Election Bid

Burundi’s president has sacked three cabinet ministers, as protests resumed after last week’s failed coup.

Mr Nkurunziza has ruled out delaying next month's elections
Mr Nkurunziza has ruled out delaying next month’s elections

A spokesman for the president said that President Pierre Nkurunziza had dismissed his defence, external relations and trade ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday.

It comes amid protests against the president running for a third term in elections due next month.

Mr Nkurunziza returned from Tanzania last week after a failed coup.

The BBC’s Ruth Nesoba says soldiers fired warning shots to disperse crowds on Monday morning as youths barricaded roads.

Protesters were chanting for President Nkurunziza to drop his plans to seek a third term in elections.

Some businesses were closed and activities stopped in the Nyakabiga, Musaga and Mutakura neighbourhoods of Bujumbura, says our reporter.

However, she says life carried on as normal in areas where the president is popular.