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Following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli, Samia Suluhu has been sworn in as Tanzania’s President – Others in attendance included former President Jakaya Kikwete – She will serve the remainder of Magufuli’s term, which began in October 2020, when he was re-elected Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn-in as the sixth president of the country a day after she announced the death of President John Pombe Magufuli.

On Friday, March 3, Suluhu took the oath of office at State House Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, after reading three oaths. The new president, dressed in red and black, then inspected a guard of honour provided by the Tanzania Defence Forces. Former presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Hassam Mwinyi graced the ceremony, which was low-key and devoid of heads of state.


The Speaker of the National assembly and other dignitaries were also present. Suluhu will be Tanzania’s first female president, joining a thin list of women in the continent in the top job.

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The new president would then convene a Cabinet meeting to choose her Vice President, who must be approved by the governing Chama Cha Mapenduzi party (CCM). If the sitting president dies, resigns, or becomes ill, the Vice-President takes over for the remainder of the term, according to Tanzanian law.

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“Where the position of President becomes vacant due to death, resignation, lack of electoral credentials, inability to fulfill his functions due to physical infirmity, or failure to execute the duties and functions of the office of President, the Vice-President shall be sworn in and become President for the unexpired duration of the five-year term…” reads Chapter two, Part 1, Article 37 (5) of the Tanzanian constitution. She became the first woman to serve as Tanzania Vice-President following the 2015 general election, after being elected on the CCM ticket along with President Magufuli.

In 2020, they were both re-elected for a second term. She was a Member of Parliament for the Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015 before becoming Vice President. From 2010 to 2015, she was also a Minister of State in the Vice-Office President’s for Union Affairs. Suluhu was born on the island of Zanzibar. She began working for the Ministry of Planning and Development as a clerk. after completing her secondary education in 1977. She pursued a number of short-courses on a part-time basis.

She earned an advanced diploma in public administration from the Institute of Development Management in 1986. She married Hafidh Ameir, a retired agricultural officer, in 1978. They have four kids. Wanu Hafidh Ameir, her second child, was born in 1982 and is a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives on a special seat.

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