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Tanzania Prepares for Presidential Inauguration Regardless of Zanzibar’s Unrest

Ruling party candidate John Magufuli won Tanzania’s hotly contested presidential elections with over 58 percent of votes, cementing the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s firm grip on power.

However,the Opposition leaders in Zanzibar have refused to take part in the celebrations for the inauguration of Tanzania’s new president John Pombe Magufuli, after elections were annulled on the islands. The outgoing Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has declared the day a holiday.”The decision is aimed at making all Tanzanians participate fully in the ceremony, where Kikwete will be stepping down and Magufuli being sworn-in as the country’s fifth president,” presidential chief secretary Ombeni Sefue.

 

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