Tanzania president John pombe Magufuli is dead

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Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has died, aged 61.

The Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan confirmed his death in a statement issued live on TV.

She said that Mr Magufuli died on Wednesday at 6pm from heart complication, at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

Once praised for his no-nonsense approach, he went on to become a controversial leader, especially over his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Before president John Pombe Magufuli he acquired the nickname “the bulldozer” for driving a programme to build roads as minister for works, and later was hailed for his anti-corruption stance and his distinct dislike for wasting money.

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