Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli dies at 61

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died, the country’s vice president has announced on state television.

Vice President Samia Suluhu, in a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, said the 61-year-old president had died of heart failure.

A vocal COVID-19 sceptic, Magufuli had last appeared in public on February 27and top government officials had denied that he was in ill health, even as speculation swirled online that he was sick and possibly incapacitated from illness.

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