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Expert: General Behind Burundi Coup is Well Respected

The man behind Burundi’s apparent May 13 coup, Major-General Godefroid Niyombare, is well known and respected, according to an expert in the region. “If this coup succeeds and consolidates this may well be what one may call a good coup d'etat,” said Filip Reyntjens, a professor of law and politics at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and an expert in the African Great Lakes region. Reyntjens said that the coup may allow things to calm down in the country, and that could lead to...

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