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Michel Micombero, 43, former president of the African nation...

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Michel Micombero, 43, former president of the African nation of Burundi, died of a heart attack in Mogadishu where he lived in exile since his ouster in a 1976 coup, the Somali news agency said Sunday.

The state-run news agency's report said that Micombero died in his sleep Saturday night after being admitted to the military hospital in the Somali capital 11 days ago.

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Micombero, who was overthrown in a bloody military coup seven years ago, graduated from the university of Somalia last year with a degree in economics.

He declared Burundi -- part of the former Belgian-administered Ruanda-Urundi in east Africa -- a republic on 28 Nov. 1966 while the ruling Prince Charles Ndizeye was out of the country, and remained president until his ouster.

Somali President Mohammed Siad Barre has declared a three day official mourning period for Micombero, a close personal friend.

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