Tunisia health minister Slim Chaker dies after charity run

Slim Chaker attends a parliamentary session ahead of a vote of confidence in the prime ministers reshuffled government, on September 11, 2017, in Tunis.Image copyright

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Slim Chaker became health minister only last month

Tunisia’s health minister has died of a heart attack after taking part in a charity marathon to help fight cancer.

Slim Chaker, 56, fell ill after running some 500 metres, and died in a military hospital, the health ministry said.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said he had lost a brother and colleague who had died “doing a noble humanitarian act”.

The marathon was held in the coastal town of Nabeul on Sunday to raise funds to build a cancer clinic for children.

Mr Chaker was appointed health minister last month in a major cabinet reshuffle.

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October 9th, 2017

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