Mar 19, 2021, 5:46 PM
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Iran condoles with Tanzania's nation, gov't on demise of President Magufuli

Tehran, March 19, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh condoled with the Tanzanian government and nation over the death of Tanzania's President John Magufuli.

Khatibzadeh in a message conveyed the Iranian government's condolences and sympathy with Tanzanian government over sudden demise of late President John Magufuli. 

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, has died aged 61, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Wednesday after a more than two-week absence from public life that led to speculation about his health.

She said he died from the heart disease that had plagued him for a decade. She said burial arrangements were under way and announced 14 days of mourning and the flying of flags at half staff. State television broadcast mournful and religious songs.

Magufuli had not been seen in public since February 27, sparking rumors that he had contracted COVID-19. Officials denied on March 12 that he had fallen ill and on Monday the vice president urged Tanzanians not to listen to rumors from outside the country and said it was normal for a human being to be checked for the flu or fever.

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