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Samora Machel
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1st President of Mozambique
In office
25 June 1975 – 19 October 1986
Succeeded by Joaquim Chissano
Chairman of the Mozambique Liberation Front
In office
1970 – 19 October 1986
Preceded by Eduardo Mondlane
Succeeded by Joaquim Chissano
Personal details
Born
Samora Moisés Machel

(1933-09-29)September 29, 1933
Gaza Province, Portuguese Mozambique
Died October 19, 1986(1986-10-19) (aged 53)
Mbuzini, Lebombo Mountains, South Africa
Nationality Mozambican
Political party Mozambique Liberation Front
Spouse(s) Josina Mutemba
Graça Simbine (1975–1986)

Samora Moisés Machel (29 September 1933 – 19 October 1986) was a Mozambican military commander, politician and revolutionary. He served as the first President of Mozambique from the country's independence in 1975.

Machel died in office in 1986 when his presidential aircraft crashed near the Mozambique-South Africa border.


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