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John Magufuli: Tanzania’s president dies aged 61 after health rumours

John Magufuli: Tanzania’s president dies aged 61 after health rumours

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AFPTanzania'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, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television.Mr Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health.Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed."It is with deep regret that I inform you that today... we lost our brave leader, the president of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli," Vice-President Hassan said in the announcement.She said there would be 14 days of national mourning and flags would fly at half mast.Obituary: Tanzania's 'bulldozer' president John MagufuliMr Magufu...
Tanzania’s opposition says vote ‘spit in face of democracy’

Tanzania’s opposition says vote ‘spit in face of democracy’

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Whatever happened on Wednesday wasn't an election and was like “spitting in the face of democracy," Tanzania’s leading opposition candidate said Thursday, while the United States noted “credible allegations of significant election-related fraud and intimidation.” The other main opposition party said several leaders were arrested after calling for protests, and one was badly beaten.Many across Africa have watched in dismay at what they’ve described as Tanzania’s abandonment of its reputation of democratic ideals under populist President John Magufuli. He leads in early results as he seeks a second five-year term.As the ruling party was winning an overwhelming majority of parliamentary seats, and the leaders of both top opposition parties lost theirs, the U.S. said “irregul...