JP Magufuli is sworn in as new Tanzania president

New Tanzania president

A day after Justin P Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s new prime minister. Tanzanian living and working in Canada saw a Chemistry teacher turn politician sworn in thursday as their country’s fifth president.

Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who becomes East Africa’s first female vice-president, was also sworn in at the National stadium in country’s economic hub, Dar es salaam.

National and international election observers from AU, EU and the Commonwealth, headed by former Nigerian president Jonathan Goodluck, had said the elections were a mostly fair and free. But the opposition claim the vote was rigged. In the semi-autonomous Zanzibar, that vote for its own president, annulled polls with dismay from international community.

Magufuli swearing in ceremony included African Union chairman, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, as well as regional leaders including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

Other African leaders included Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Zambia’s Edgar Lungu and Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

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