A Burundi army general says senior officers are “dismissing” President Nkurunziza, amid unrest over his re-election bid.
Godefroid Niyombareh announced that a national salvation committee had been set up to run the country.
However, it is not clear how much support he and the other officers have.
President Nkurunziza is currently at a summit in Tanzania discussing his decision to run for a third term, which critics say is unconstitutional.
Police fired tear gas and live ammunition on protesters on Wednesday as they came within a kilometre of the presidency in the capital Bujumbura.