Tanzania: Samia Suluhu Hassan sworn in as new president

President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as Tanzanian President this Friday following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli on Wednesday due to a heart disease.

The late President Magufuli, 61, who was first elected in 2015, secured a second five-year term in polls in October last year.

According to Tanzania’s constitution, the vice president serves out the remainder of the term of a president who dies in office.

Samia Suluhu Hassan joins a short list of women on the continent to have run their countries.

The 61-year-old is affectionately known as Mama Samia – in Tanzanian culture that reflects the respect she is held in, rather than reducing her to a gendered role.

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