Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, Deposed Leader of a Troubled Burundi, Is Dead at 69

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Jean-Baptiste Bagaza in Burundi’s capital in 1984.

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Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, the deposed president of Burundi who invested heavily in infrastructure but persecuted Catholics and did little to make his small, poor and ethnically fractured country a stable democracy, died on Wednesday morning at a hospital in Brussels. He was 69.

The death was confirmed by Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi’s current president. No cause of death was provided.

The rule of Mr. Bagaza — who seized power in a 1976 coup and was ousted, also in a coup, in 1987 — reflected the political instability that has characterized Burundi, a landlocked but…

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