The late Maghufuli, who was re-elected for a second term on October 28, 2020, will now be succeeded by his principal assistant, Samia Suluhu, who will complete the reminder of the 5-year term.
Tanzania's Constitution, however, does not reveal the period in which the VP should be sworn in as President in case the officer holder dies.
Ms Suluhu said Tanzania will go into a 14-day mourning period and flags flown half-mast following the president's death.
Opposition politicians said earlier this week that Maghufuli had contracted COVID-19, but this has not been confirmed.
Maghufuli was first elected to office in 2015, and on October 28, 2020 was re-elected to serve a second 5-year term.
While announcing Maghufuli's death on Wednesday night, Ms Suluhu said the Head of State had been battling a heart disease for 10 years.
“He (Maghufuli) died today (Wednesday, March 17) at 6pm while receiving treatment for heart disease at Emilio Mzena Memorial Hospital in Dar es Salaam,” VP Suluhu said.
The VP said Pombe, 61, had been to taken ill since March 6, 2021.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. Please RIP for our God fearing President.
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