Tanzania’s New President Magufuli Sworn In
Tanzania’s new president John Pombe Magufuli has been sworn into office after the country’s tightly contested elections.
President Magufuli took the oath of office on Thursday at a ceremony attended by regional and international leaders. Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame were among the neighbouring presidents attending the colourful event.
“I promise to work to the best of my ability to deliver our election pledges,” Magufuli said after his oath of office. “We are aware of the trust and enormous responsibility that you have assigned us … but with God’s guidance, people’s cooperation and goodwill our nation can prosper.”
The new president hailed the peaceful nature of elections in October and extended his hopes that the troubles in Zanzibar would soon be resolved.
“I also hope our brother and sisters in Zanzibar will – sooner rather than later – settle their differences amicably,” he said.
The CCM extends its grip on power
Magufuli’s victory in the October 25 elections saw the ruling CCM party further extend its stay in power. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi party has maintained a tight grip on the nation’s political hot seat since long before it became a multiparty democracy.
The latest elections were built up as the closest in Tanzanian history, however critics suggested opposition parties never stood a chance against the CCM. Cries of foul play and poll rigging were heared throughout the election process and the result itself was contested by opposition candidate Edward Lowassa.
Magufuli’s competitor initially accused the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of falsifying tallies, although no official complaint has been made.