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Samia Suluhu Hassan sworn in as President of Tanzania

Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan was on Friday, March 19 sworn in as the sixth president of the country.

This comes days after Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli succumbed to heart and respiratory complications on Wednesday, March 17.

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Suluhu becomes first female president of Tanzania and also first female head of state in East Africa.

The ceremony took place on Friday, March 19 at around 10.15am at State House in Dar Es Salaam and sworn in by Judge Ibrahim Juma.

Samia Suluhu Hassan
61-year-old Samia becomes the first woman President in the country and the entire East African region.

The new president wore a black skirt suit and a red hijab in the swearing event and read three oaths.

Former presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Hassam Mwinyi, the Speaker of the National assembly and other dignitaries were present for the ceremony.

After the swearing, the sixth Tanzanian President proceeded to inspect the guard of honor horsed by Tanzanian Defense Forces.

Later on, Suluhu is required to hold a meeting with the Cabinet for her next task of picking her Vice President who must be passed by the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

According to the Tanzanian constitution, the Vice President has to take over power for the remaining terms if the incumbent president resigns, dies or indisposed.

Where the office of President becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, loss of electoral qualifications or inability to perform his functions due to physical infirmity, or failure to discharge the duties and functions of the office of President, then the Vice-President shall be sworn in and become the President for the unexpired period of the term of five years…” reads Chapter two, Part 1, Article 37 (5) of the Tanzanian constitution.

The new Tanzanian President served as Member of Parliament for the Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015.

In 2015, Suluhu became first Tanzanian Vice President after being elected on the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) ticket alongside John Pombe Magufuli.

President Magufuli and his Vice President Samia Suluhu were re-elected in 202 for second term.

Suluhu has also worked as Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs.

Suluhu was born on January 27, 1960 in Zanzibar and completed her secondary education in 1977.

As she was pursuing short term courses, she luckily got appointed as a clerk in the office of the Ministry of Planning and Development.

She graduated from the Institute of Development Management with an advanced diploma in public administration in 1986.

In 1978 she got married to Hafidh Ameir who was an agricultural officer but later on retired.

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Samia Suluhu Hassan is a mother of four children.

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