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Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli is dead

Tanzanian president John Pombe Joseph Magufuli is dead. In a televised address to the nation, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said he died of a “heart condition”.

Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli

She added that the 61year old had suffered for 10 years with the condition and had at Mzena hospital in Dar-Es-Salaam.

Magufuli had first been briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6, but was subsequently discharged. According to Hassan he was rushed to hospital again on March 14 after feeling unwell.

The Tanzanian President was last seen in public since Feb. 27, rumors going round said he had contracted Covid-19. On 12th March 2021 the country’s officials denied the rumors that he had fallen ill.

Magufuli’s Death and Succession

Vice President Samia announced 14 days of mourning and the flying of flags at half-mast saying Burial arrangements were underway.

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa had said that on Friday that he had spoken to Magufuli. He went on to call people spreading the president’s ailment narrative some “hateful” Tanzanians living abroad.

Magufuli’s main election rival Tundu Lissu, had suggested he had been taken to Kenya then India in a coma. He had suggested that he had contracted Covid-19 and was being treated for it.

After the death announcement, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe said he had spoken to Hassan to offer condolences for Magufuli’s death.

In a statement published on Twitter, Kabwe said Magufuli will be remembered for his contribution to Tanzania’s Development

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Friday that he had spoken to Magufuli, and blamed the narrative of the president’s ailment on some “hateful” Tanzanians living abroad.

Vice President Hassan, 61, should assume the presidency for the remainder of the five-year term that Magufuli was serving. According to the Tanzanian constitution, she will finish his term becoming the first Female President in East Africa.

Born in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, Hassan studied economics in Britain, worked for the U.N.’s World Food Programme.

She also held various government posts prior to becoming Tanzania’s first female vice president in 2015.

Hassan said Magufuli was admitted on March 6 to Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute for heart problems and discharged the next day. A week later he fell ill and was rushed to Mzena hospital where he was getting treatment under supervision of doctors from the cardiac institute. A former chemistry, Magufuli was re-elected for a second term in 2020, winning 84 per cent of the vote. The opposition rejected the results claiming the election was marred by irregularities.

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