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Ambrose Dlamini, the Prime Minister of the tiny African country of Eswatini, has died in a South African hospital four weeks after testing positive to COVID-19.

Dec 14, 2020

Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who tested positive for COVID-19 four weeks ago, has died at age 52 after being hospitalised in neighbouring South Africa.
Key points:

  • Mr Dlamini was hospitalised earlier this month
  • He was appointed Prime Minister in November 2018
  • Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is a tiny absolute monarchy in southern Africa

Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku said Mr Dlamini had been under medical care when he died on Sunday afternoon.
The Prime Minister of the landlocked nation was moved to South Africa on December 1, to “guide and fast track his recovery” from COVID-19, the Government had said.
At that time, Mr Masuku said Mr Dlamini was stable and responding well to treatment.
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Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is a tiny absolute monarchy of about 1.2 million people.
Mr Dlamini was appointed Prime Minister in November 2018.
He had worked in the banking industry for more than 18 years, and his roles included managing director of Eswatini Nedbank Limited.
Mr Dlamini was one of several world leaders hospitalised for coronavirus while in office. Others include UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Donald Trump and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.
The southern African nation of Eswatini has so far recorded 6,768 cases of COVID-19, with 127 confirmed deaths, according to its health ministry.
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