Samia Suluhu Hassan Becomes First Female President Of Tanzania From Today

Tanzania’s Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in to take over as president today, following the death of President John Magufuli.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at 10:00 local time (07:00 GMT) at State House in Dar es Salaam, according to a notice by the chief government spokesman, Hassan Abbas.

The Tanzanian constitution requires that the Vice-President takes over for the remaining term if the sitting president dies, resigns or is indisposed.

It makes her the first female president of the East Africa nation and the second president to come from the country’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar.

Ms Hassan will be the sixth president of Tanzania and the second from the country’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar.

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