Tanzania President John Magufuli is dead
Tanzanian state media has announced the death of President John Pombe Magufuli few minutes ago.
In a televised address on Thursday night, Tanzania vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan said that Magufuli had died of heart complications.
Hassan said that Magufuli was hospitalised on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute. She also announced that the country would get into a 14-day period of mourning as arrangements for the burial are made.
During this period, all flags in Tanzania will fly at half-mast, Hassan announced. This comes after weeks of speculation on his whereabouts with the suspicion that he had been hospitalised for Covid-19.
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— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) March 17, 2021