An attempted coup in Burundi appears to have fizzled out after the office of president Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was back in the country and the streets were mostly calm.
Along a major route in the south of the country, there were many police checkpoints but otherwise life was going on as normal.
Fighting erupted yesterday between loyalist troops and forces supporting Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who announced the coup bid on Wednesday while Mr Nkurunziza was in Tanzania for a meeting with regional leaders.
His bid for a third term had triggered protests, with opponents saying it violated the constitution as well as peace accords that ended a civil war. At least 15 people were killed in the demonstrations that began on April 26, a day after the ruling party made Mr Nkurunziza its presidential candidate.
Burundi's presidency announced last night that Mr Nkurunziza had returned to Burundi. He has not appeared in public.
The announcement also saluted the police, who had tried to quell the demonstrations, for their patriotism.
Still, the US urged its citizens to leave the country and advised against travelling to Burundi. The US Embassy in Bujumbura said it was closed amid the insecurity.
Burundi's constitution says a president can be popularly elected to two five-year terms. Mr Nkurunziza maintains he is eligible for a third because parliament elected him to his first term, leaving him open to be popularly elected to two terms.
Burundi erupted into civil war in 1993 after the assassination of the country's first ethnic Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye. That conflict, which split open long-standing ethnic tensions between the Hutu and the Tutsi people, lasted until 2005.
Mr Nkurunziza, a Hutu, took over as president and embarked on a campaign of ethnic reconciliation and economic rehabilitation.