Former Tanzanian president dies

Former Tanzanian president Ali Hassan Mwinyi has died at the age of 98, Tanzania’s current president, Samia Suluhu, has revealed.

Mwinyi, who served as Tanzania’s second president between 1985 and 1995, was hospitalised early in February, with his family saying he was receiving treatment for a chest illness.

Mwinyi joined the Afro Shiraz Party in 1964 and held different positions in the government of Zanzibar and Tanzania, such as that of permanent secretary in Zanzibar’s ministry of education in 1963.

In 1970 he was appointed minister of state in the president’s office, and between 1982 and 1983 he was the minister of health, home affairs, and natural resources.

He was also the ambassador of Tanzania in Egypt from 1977 to 1982.

In 1983 he was appointed minister of state in the vice president’s office, and in 1984 he was elected as the president of Zanzibar and vice president of the United Republic of Tanzania.

– The Citizen (Tanzania)

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