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Reuters | Tanzania’s Former President Benjamin Mkapa Dies in Dar Es Salaam

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Posted July 24, 2020 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in African News ~ 1,038 views

     

DAR ES SALAAM (REUTERS) – Tanzania’s former President Benjamin Mkapa, who served from 1995 to 2005, died in the early hours of Friday, President John Magufuli said in a statement.

Mkapa, the East African nation’s third president who led several regional peace mediation efforts in office and afterwards, died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Magufuli said, without giving more details.

He declared a seven day mourning period, during which all flags will be flown at half-mast.

“Magufuli asks all Tanzanians to remain calm, patient and united during this difficult time,” a statement from his office said. Mkapa, 81, also served as an ambassador, minister and key official of the ruling CCM party, Magufuli said.

Source – Reuters 


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