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Tanzanian President John Magulfi dies

TANZANIA’S President John Magulfi has died at the age of 61, the country’s Vice-President Sami Suluhu Hassan has confirmed following the president’s two-week absence from public life.

“Dear Tanzanians, it is sad to announce that today March 17 2021 around 6pm we lost our brave leader, President John Magulfi who died from heart illness at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was getting treatment,” she confirmed on state television.

Opposition leader Zitto Kabwe paid tribute to the controversial leader who first came to power in 2015, saying that the nation would remember him for the development of the country.

Mr Magulfi was one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics and it was speculated that he may have contracted the disease. 

This was dismissed by government officials, who denied earlier last week that he had fallen ill.

According to the Tanzanian constitution, Ms Hassan should serve the remainder of Mr Magulfi’s five-year term of office which started last October. In doing so she will become the East African nation’s first female leader.


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