Africa Gets New Female Leader as Samia Suluhu Hassan Sworn in as 6th President of Tanzania

Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been
sworn-in as the sixth president of the country a day after she
announced the death of President John Pombe Magufuli.
Suluhu, who read three oaths, took the oath of office at State
House Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday, March 3.
The new president, dressed in red and black, then proceeded
to inspect a guard of honour mounted by the Tanzania
Defence Forces.
Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as the
sixth president of Tanzania following the death of President
Magufuli. Photo credit: TBC.
The swearing-in event was low-key without heads of state
heads but was graced by former presidents Jakaya Kikwete
and Hassam Mwinyi.
The Speaker of the National assembly and other dignitaries
were also present.
President Buhari reacts to death of Tanzanian president
Suluhu will be Tanzania’s first female president, joining a thin
list of women in the continent in the top job.
The new president will then chair a Cabinet meeting with the
next task: choosing her Vice President, who must be okayed
by the ruling party Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM).
The Tanzanian constitution requires that the Vice-President
takes over for the remaining term if the sitting president dies,
resigns, or is indisposed.
Chapter two, Part 1, Article 37 (5) of the Tanzanian
constitution reads:
“Where the office of President becomes vacant by reason
of death, resignation, loss of electoral qualifications or
inability to perform his functions due to physical infirmity,
or failure to discharge the duties and functions of the
office of President, then the Vice-President shall be sworn
in and become the President for the unexpired period of
the term of five years…”
She became the first woman to serve as Tanzania Vice-
President following the 2015 general election, after being
elected on the CCM ticket along with President Magufuli.
Samia Suluhu: Female VP to take over as Tanzania’s president
after Magufuli’s death
They were both re-elected to a second term in 2020.
Before her tenure as vice-president, she served as a Member
of Parliament for the Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to
She was also the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s
Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015.
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Suluhu was born in Zanzibar.
After completing her secondary education in 1977, she was
employed by the Ministry of Planning and Development as a
She pursued a number of short-courses on a part-time basis.
In 1986, she graduated from the Institute of Development
Management with an advanced diploma in public
In 1978, she married Hafidh Ameir, at present a retired
agricultural officer.
They have four children. Her second-born, Wanu Hafidh Ameir
– born 1982- is a special seat member of the Zanzibar House
of Representatives.
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Meanwhile, a touching video of the late Tanzanian President
Magufuli addressing congregants in the church has resurfaced
even as the world mourns the East African leader.
In the old clip, the late president was heard saying that death
was inevitable and asked worshippers to trust in God.
The late president was known to be a staunch Christian who
never missed church services and was praised by some for
his strong belief in the Lord.

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