Former Tanzanian President Dies | Voice of America



Former Tanzania President Benjamin William Mkapa died early Friday at age 81.    

President John Magufuli said on television that Mkapa died at a Dar es Salaam hospital where he had been undergoing treatment.

President Magufuli declared a seven-day mourning period that will include flags being flown at half-staff.

Mkapa led Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 before handing over to Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

Mkapa also served as Foreign Minister, Minister for Information and ambassador to Canada.



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