Burundi coup 'failed', presidency claims on Twitter

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks to the media after he registered to run for a third five-year term in office, in the capital Bujumbura on May 8, 2015. Burundi's presidency said an attempted coup by a top general on Wednesday, May 13
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks to the media after he registered to run for a third five-year term in office, in the capital Bujumbura on May 8, 2015. Burundi's presidency said an attempted coup by a top general on Wednesday, May 13, had "failed", in a message posted on Twitter. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AFP) - Burundi's presidency said an attempted coup by a top general on Wednesday had "failed", in a message posted on Twitter.

"The situation is under control, there is no coup in Burundi," the message from the presidency read.

The coup was announced hours after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for neighbouring Tanzania for talks with regional leaders on ending weeks of violent protests.

Tanzania later said the President was flying home.

“He has left because of the situation prevailing in Burundi,” Tanzanian government spokesman Salva Rweyemamu told AFP, adding that Nkurunziza was heading back to the Burundi capital Bujumbura.