Namibia’s President, Hage Geingob, 82, died in hospital early on Sunday, the presidency said.
The post on social media platform X did not give a cause of death, but late last month the presidency said he would travel to the United States for treatment after being diagnosed with cancer following a regular medical check-up.
Geingob died at Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek, where he was receiving treatment from his medical team, the presidency said.
Acting President, Nangolo Mbumba said: “the Namibian nation has lost a distinguished servant of the people, a liberation struggle icon, the chief architect of our constitution and the pillar of the Namibian house.
“At this moment of deepest sorrow, I appeal to the nation to remain calm and collected while the Government attends to all necessary state arrangements, preparations and other protocols.”
As prime minister in 2014, he told the public that he had survived prostate cancer. He became president the following year.
The southern African country is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of the year.
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