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Tanzanian President John Magufuli Dies

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Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died aged 61. His death was announced by the country’s vice-president on state television.

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said President Magufuli died on Wednesday from heart complications at a local hospital in Dar es Salaam.

President Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health.

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Opposition politicians said earlier this week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been officially confirmed.

“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today… we lost our brave leader, the President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” Vice-President Hassan said.

Fourteen days of national mourning have been declared and flags will fly at half mast.  Magufuli was declared Tanzanian president in October 2015.

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