Liberia: President Weah Consoles Fallen Nkurunziza’s Death as Court Rule to End Power Vacuum
Monrovia – President George Manneh Weah has sent a condolence message to the Government and People of the Republic of Burundi, following the death of His Excellency Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi.
President Pierre Nkurunziza died recently as a result of a cardiac arrest.
In his message to the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Burundi, His Excellency Mr. Pascal Nyabenda, President Manneh Weah declared “It is with great sadness and deep sorrow that we have learned of the death of one of Africa’s greatest sons, His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza.”
According to a Foreign Ministry release, President George Mannah Weah said the late President Pierre Nkurunziza will be remembered for his profound patriotism and loyalty in serving his country and people.
President George Manneh Weah then on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, extended heartfelt condolences to the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Burundi and Acting Head of the Government of Burundi, His Excellency Pascal Nyabenda, and through him, to the Government and people of Burundi, especially the bereaved family for the irreparable loss sustained.
President George Manneh Weah also prayed that the Almighty God will grant the people of Burundi strength, courage and fortitude during this difficult period of national mourning.
President Weah’s message comes as Burundi’s top court ruled Friday in a bid to end the power vacuum created by the sudden death of Nkurunziza last Monday.
The Constitutional Court said President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye should be sworn in as soon as possible.
Prior to his death, Nkurunziza was due to hand over power to his handpicked successor, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye.
Ndayishimiye, the former army major, recently won a controversial election which was reaffirmed by the high court.
Legally, the Speaker of parliament, Pascal Nyabenda, should have become the interim leader.
But the cabinet decided to refer to the court and now Mr Ndayishimiye is due to become president two months early.
He was elected in May to replace President Nkurunziza, who had been in power for 15 years.