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TANZANIA – Tanzanian President John Magufuli has passed away

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died of heart problems, the country’s vice-president announced on television on Wednesday after more than two weeks of the head of state’s unexplained absence.

John Magufuli, 61, last appeared in public on February 27, and lingering rumors were circulating about his condition. “It is with great regret that I inform you that today, March 17, 2021, at 6 pm, we have lost our courageous leader, the President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” said Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Samia Suluhu Hassan said the president died at Emilio Mzena Hospital, a government facility in Dar es Salaam, where he was being treated. He had suffered from heart problems for 10 years, she said.
“Stay united”

A week ago, opposition leader Tundu Lissu, in exile in Belgium, like others began to question the president’s absence, saying he suffers from a severe form of Covid-19, aggravated by health problems.

On Monday, Samia Suluhu Hassan herself called for ignoring the rumors, while suggesting that the president, without naming him, is indeed ill. “If there is a time when we have to stay united, it is now,” she said.

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Reelected in October, John Magufuli, nicknamed the “Bulldozer”, came to power in 2015 promising to fight corruption. According to many human rights organizations, his first term was also marked by an authoritarian drift, repeated attacks on the opposition and the decline in fundamental freedoms.

In February, Tanzania, which had been claiming for months “liberated” from Covid-19 thanks to prayers, experienced a wave of deaths, officially attributed to pneumonia.

Leading figures have been affected, including the vice-president of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Seif Sharif Hamad, who has passed away, forcing John Magufuli to concede the presence of the virus in Tanzania.

Source : SudOuest


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