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Tanzania's president dies aged 61 after Covid rumours

March 18, 2021 7:53 pm
The 61-year-old president died from heart complications on Wednesday. [Source: BBC]

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country’s vice-president has announced.

He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

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

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

Magufuli was one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus skeptics, and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus.

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