KIGALI, Rwanda — The president of the small African nation of Burundi was overthrown by the country's military leaders in a bloodless coup today while he was at a summit of French-speaking leaders in Quebec, radio reports indicated.
A communique broadcast on the state radio from the Burundi capital of Bujumbura said the president, Col. Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, was relieved of his duties as head of state, head of the ruling party and chief of the armed forces.
Bagaza himself took power in a bloodless coup in 1976.
Bagaza flew from Quebec to New York on hearing of the revolt, and boarded an Air France Concorde that was scheduled to arrive in Paris at 11:45 p.m., airport sources said.
Military Council Formed
All members of his government, the leadership of the ruling party and the country's judicial council were dismissed and a military council for national redemption was being set up under Maj. Pierre Buyoya, the state radio said.