Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died at the age of 61, the country’s vice-president announced.
He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television.
Mr Magufuli has not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health, BBC reports.
Opposition politicians said earlier this week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed.
“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today… we lost our brave leader, the president of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” Vice-President Hassan said.
She said there would be 14 days of national mourning and flags would fly at half-mast.