Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli dies

Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli, is dead.

Magufuli’s death was announced on Wednesday by the country’s vice-president, Samia Suluhu, who said the president died of heart failure. He was 61.

“The president of the United Republic of Tanzania, the honourable Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli … [has] died of a heart condition, at hospital Mzena in Dar es Salaam, where he was receiving treatment,” she said on state broadcaster TBC.

Suluhu is now the acting president of Tanzania. While a date for her swearing in has not yet been announced, she will be Tanzania’s first female president.

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