Tanzania’s President Dr John Pombe Magufuli has died at the age of 61, the Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced on Wednesday.
In a televised speech on TBC , the Vice President announced that the President died of a heart condition on March 17, 2021, at about 6pm at Mzena Hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was admitted on March 14, Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen reported.
The Vice President said that Magufuli was first briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6, but was subsequently discharged but he was rushed to hospital again on March 14 after feeling unwell. She announced that the country will observe a 14-day period of mourning.
Vice-president of the country, Suluhu Hassan has taken over as the first female president of the East-African country.
According to Tanzania’s Constitution, Vice President Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will assume the presidency for remainder of the five-year term that Magufuli began serving last year after winning a second term. She would be the East African nation’s first female President. pic.twitter.com/9ttnm4djZz— The Nation Nigeria (@TheNationNews) March 17, 2021