The Speaker of Burundi’s parliament Pascal Nyabenda is likely to take over as interim president following the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza, Reuters news agency reports.
A Twitter account run by Burundians who opposed Mr Nkunzinza’s rule has said the same, sharing articles of the constitution showing how a presidential vacuum is managed:
A top journalist from neighbouring Uganda has also tweeted that Mr Nyabenda will be sworn in as leader:
After 15 years in power, Mr Nkurunziza was due to step down in August.
Evariste Ndayishimiye, his successor as leader of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, won last’s months presidential election.