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Tunisian Health Minister, Slim Chaker Dies After Charity Marathon

During a marathon organized by an association fighting against cancer, Tunisian Health Minister Slim Chaker, 56, lost his life after a heart attack, the ministry said.

Immediately following the announcement of the death of the Tunisian Minister of Health Slim Chaker, several personalities were quick to react. “I lost a brother and a colleague,” Prime Minister Youssef Chahed wrote on his Facebook page. He left […] doing his duty, and he died doing a noble humanitarian act, “he added.

On Sunday, October 8, the minister participated in a marathon organized in Nabeul by an association raising funds to build a hospital for cancer children. He had traveled about 500 meters, said the communication department of the Ministry of Health to AFP.

Tunisia: Minister of Health Dies During Cancer Marathon

After a speech, Slim Chaker got into his car where he felt uneasy, according to the same source. Later, he died at the military hospital in Tunis

Appointed to the government during the reshuffle of September 2017, this former advisor to President Béji Caïd Essebi received a tribute from the media and social networks.

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”  He will have paid with his blood the price of his patriotic commitment,  ” said Tunisian magazine Leaders magazine on Twitter. For other Internet users, the minister is a victim of the failures of the Tunisian health system.

Slim Chaker had already sat on the government several times since the 2011 revolt, notably as Minister of Youth and Sports and then Finance in 2016.

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