FDD chief goes home

BURUNDI - Burundi's ruling party chief, who took refuge in the South African embassy when his bodyguards were switched without his knowledge, has left the mission.

BURUNDI - Burundi's ruling party chief, who took refuge in the South African embassy when his bodyguards were switched without his knowledge, has left the mission.

Hussein Radjabu, leader of the ruling Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) party, had been holed up in the mission in Bujumbura since Monday. But the tiny central African country's police chief, Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, said Radjabu had agreed to return home on Tuesday after fears for his security were allayed.

Radjabu has attracted controversy within the FDD and has been blamed for a number of setbacks, including an unsuccessful prosecution of ex-head of state Domitien Ndayizeye on charges of coup plotting. - Sapa-AFP

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