Tanzania’s new president John Pombe Magufuli took the oath of office Thursday, watched by regional leaders, after winning hotly contested polls.
The event, attended by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, was full of pomp and colour.
Other leaders who attended the fete include the chairman of African Union (AU) and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, and DRC’s Joseph Kabila.
Other neighbouring leaders are Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Zambia’s Edgar Lungu. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn were also present.
President Magufuli won the tight race with 8.8 million votes, beating his closest rival, Edward Lowassa, with a margin of 2.8 million votes