- Walter Mondale, a former US vice president, breathed his last on Monday, April 19, aged 93
- The politician's demise was confirmed by his family, who also released a touching letter Mondale had written to his staff just days before his passing
- Barack Obama mourned Mondale as a progressive leader who redefined the role of the vice president
The former United States vice president Walter Mondale, who served during the reign of ex-president Jimmy Carter, has passed away.
Mondale, who lost in the 1984 presidential election to Ronald Reagan, breathed his last on Monday, April 19, aged 93.
The politician's demise was confirmed by his family, who later released a touching farewell message he had written to his staff just two days before his death.
"Well, my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor (referring to his late wife Joan, who died in 2014, and daughter Eleanor, who died in 2011 at age 51). Before I go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me," said Mondale, as quoted by US media outlets.
The 44th ex-president of the superpower country, Barack Obama, mourned Mondale as a progressive leader who redefined the role of the vice president.
The current US vice president Kamala Harris said Mondale led an extraordinary life of service during the Korean war, as a senator and vice president.
In a related story, Briefly News reported earlier that Idriss Deby, the president of Chad, is dead. An Army spokesman whose name was not mentioned said on Tuesday, 20 April that the president died of injuries suffered on the frontline, Al Jazeera reported.
The news media noted that Derby's death came a day after he won a sixth term as the country's election results were just released on Monday, 19 April. Briefly News gathers that the 68-year-old president came to power in a rebellion in 1990.
Meanwhile, AFP stated in its own report of the tragic incident that Derby, who has been in power for three decades, died of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country.
Briefly News notes that President Deby's death comes barely a month after John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, died at the age of 61.
Magufuli's death was reportedly announced on Wednesday, 17 March, by the vice president, Samia Suluhu. His death came five months after he won a second term election.
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