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A ‘new chapter’ indeed: Tanzania looks set for its first female president

And the opposition is behind Samia Suluhu Hassan’s immediate swearing in after John Magufuli’s death this week

Elias Biryabarema

Tanzania’s leadership faced calls for a smooth succession on Thursday after president John Magufuli, Africa’s most vehement coronavirus sceptic, died from heart disease after an 18-day absence from public life that drew speculation about his health.

An opposition leader urged the immediate swearing in of vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan as his successor, saying this would avoid a constitutional vacuum and prevent uncertainty.

Magufuli’s death, the first of a Tanzanian leader while in office, opens the prospect that the country will gain its first female president...

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