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Samora Machel

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 29, 1933
Place of birthMadragoa, Gaza Province, Portuguese East Africa
Date of deathOctober 19, 1986(age 53)
Place of deathMbuzini, Lebombo Mountains, South Africa
Political partyFRELIMO
SpouseSorita Tchaicomo, Josina Mutemba, Graça Machel (née Simbine)
1st President of Mozambique
In officeJune 25, 1975 - October 19, 1986
Succeeded byJoaquim Chissano

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Samora Moisés Machel (September 29, 1933 - October 19, 1986) was a Mozambican military commander, revolutionary socialist leader and eventual President of Mozambique. Machel led the country from independence in 1975 until his death in 1986, when his presidential aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain where the borders of Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa converge.

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