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Samia Suluhu becomes Tanzania first female president

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Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as the sixth president of the East African country following the death of John Magufuli.

The swearing-in ceremony has taken place at State House in Dar es Salaam.

Ms Suluhu makes history by becoming the first female president in Tanzania.

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Under the constitution, Suluhu, 61, will serve the remainder of Magufuli’s second five-year term, until 2025.

She became Tanzania’s first female vice-president following the 2015 general election, after being elected on the CCM ticket, along with President Magufuli. Suluhu and Magufuli were reelected to a second term in 2020. Before her tenure as vice-president she served as the Member of Parliament for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015, and was also the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015.

Prior to this, she served as a minister in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, during the administration of President Amani Karume. In 2014, she was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly tasked with the drafting of the country’s new constitution

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