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Former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi dies

The 95-year-old led the East African country from 1978 to 2002. The former schoolteacher became Kenya's second president following the death of Jomo Kenyatta.

The former president of Kenya, Daniel arap Moi, has died aged 95. He had been hospitalized for over a month.

The news was announced Tuesday by the current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on the East African country's state broadcaster, Citizen Television.

"It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the second president of the Republic of Kenya," the announcement said.  "His Excellency the former president passed on at the Nairobi Hospital on the early morning of this 4th February, 2020, in the presence of his family," it said.

Read more: Opinion: Moi and me

Moi ruled Kenya for 24 years, from 1978 to 2002.

He initially served as vice president under the country's first post-independence leader, Jomo Kenyatta, before assuming the top job of the former British colony.

His tenure as Kenya's second president was plagued by corruption and nepotism.

jsi/cmb (AP, dpa, Reuters)

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