Tanzania’s President John Magufuli died on 17 March from heart complications, said the vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan, Who confirmed the news on state television.
“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today on the 17th of March, 2021 at 6 pm we lost our brave leader, the President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” said vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan.
Hassan said that Magufuli had been taken to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on 6 March, but was later discharged.
However, was rushed to the hospital again on March 14 after he felt unwell. There had been concerns over his whereabouts considering his absence from the public since late February.
According to the country’s constitution, Samia Suluhu Hassan will now become president. She will be the first woman to be president of Tanzania and the first to hail from Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region that has had rounds of contested elections in recent years.