Tanzania gets first Female President

Samia Suluhu Hassan, taking oath of office as President of Tanzania. Photo by: REUTERS

Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in has Tanzania President, becoming the first ever female President of the country.

The 61-year-old took her oath of office in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

The chief justice oversaw proceedings, which took place two days after the in office of President John Magufuli.

Ms Samia, who comes from the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, had served as Mr Magufuli’s deputy since 2015 – and they were both elected for a second term in October.

Soon after taking the oath, a 21-gun salute was fired in her honour as the new commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

She then inspected a military parade and the flag of the presidency was raised, but only to half-mast as the country is in mourning.

“This is a time to bury our differences, and be one as a nation. This is not a time for finger pointing, but it is a time to hold hands and move forward together,” she said. – BBC

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