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List Of African Presidents Who Died In Office

Death is an inevitable part of life. When a president dies, the whole nation is united in griefs and sorrows. The griefs extends to other countries and continents.

The rumors spreading in Africa about the health of Algerian president Bouteflika and Nigerian president Buhari have sparked memories where ten Presidents have died recently in office.

Here are the ten African Presidents who died in office;

1. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Meles Zenawi who was known for the introduction of multi-party democracy in Ethiopia and an oppressor of legitimate protest of the Oromia people of north Ethiopia died in August of 2012 at age 57 in Belgium of an undisclosed disease. He ruled Ethiopia for 27 years as president from 1991 to 1995 and as prime minister from 1995 to 2012.

2. Bingu wa Mutharika, president of Malawi. Bingu wa Mutharika was another president who died in 2012 at the age of 78 after suffering a heart attack for two years. His tenure lasted for eight years and he achieved broad success for food and agricultural policies. He purchased a private jet worth $14 million which raised public protest that damaged his reputation.

3. Micheal Sata, president of Zambia.Michael Sata is the most latest African president to have died in office. After his election in 2011, rumours spread about his failing health. He later died of an undisclosed illness in United Kingdom on October 28th, 2014 at the age of 77. His absence in major state functions echoed rumours about his health issues but his spokemen said he was in a good condition.

4. John Atta Mills, president of Ghana.John Atta Mills died in 2012 in his home country at the age of 68. He died of stroke and cancer. He lasted three years in office after winning the 2008 election. He contributed massively to economic research and social reforms that end him both local and international commendation.

5. Malam Bacai Sanha, president of Guinea- Bissau. Malam Bacai Sanha was the fourth president to die in 2012. He suffered from diabetes and later died in Paris after four years at the age of 68.

6. Joao Bernardo Vieira, president of Guinea-Bissau.He was the head of state for a combined 31 years. He became prime minister in 1978 and later seized power in 1980 and ruled for 19 years. He assumed government after winning election and ruled for a further 5 years. In 2005, Joao Bernardo Vieira won another round of the elections. He was assassinated in his own country at the age of 69.

7. Moammar Gadhafi, leader and guide to the revolution in Libya.He was the self-professed leader of Libya. He seized power after a bloodless coup in 1969 from the Libyan monarchy. He ruled for 42 years but was later assassinated aftermath of the "Arab spring" revolution.

8. Omar Bongo, president of Gabon. Omar Bongo served as one of the longest rulers in history. He was one of the most corrupt in office. He amassed immense private wealth despite his people living in poverty. He died of cancer in June 2009 in Spain.

9. Lansana Conte, president of Guinea.He won three elections and ruled for 24 years from April 1984 to December 2008. He battled with diabetes and heart related issues. He later died in 2008 at the age of 74 of an undisclosed illness.

10. Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, president of Nigeria. He won 2007 elections in Nigeria and ruled for only three years. He suffered from health related complications. He died in 2011 at the age of 58 from pericarditis in Nigeria.

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