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Tanzania’s COVID sceptic leader Magufuli dies of heart disease

Sumary of Tanzania’s COVID sceptic leader Magufuli dies of heart disease:

  • (Reuters) – Tanzania leadership faced calls for a smooth succession on Thursday after president John Magufuli, Africa most vehement coronavirus sceptic, died from heart disease following an 18-day absence from public life that drew speculation about his health…
  • Tanzania’s President elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party’s sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015…
  • REUTERS/Sadi Said An opposition leader urged the immediate swearing in of vice president Samia Suluhu Hassan as successor, saying that would avoid a constitutional vacuum and prevent uncertainty…
  • Magufuli death, the first of a Tanzanian leader while in office, opens the prospect that the country will gain its first female president…
  • The constitution says Hassan, 61, should assume the presidency for the remainder of the five-year term that Magufuli began serving last year after winning a second term…
  • Hassan addressed the nation on television late on Wednesday, saying Magufuli had died from the heart disease that had plagued him for a decade…
  • On March 12, officials denied he had fallen ill and on Monday Hassan had urged Tanzanians not to listen to rumours from outside the country…
  • As late as Wednesday, she sent ‘greetings’ from Magufuli in a remarks to an audience in the coastal region of Tanga….

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