Suluhu on Course to Become Tanzania’s First Female President

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Suluhu on Course to Become Tanzania’s First Female President
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Samaia Hassa Suluhu is set to take over as Tanzania’s first female president following the death of John Magufuli in the late hours of Wednesday.

Saluhu became the first female vice-president when Magufuli was elected as President in 2015.

Tanzania constitution stipulates, “Where the office of President becomes vacant because of death, then the Vice-President shall be sworn in and become the President for the unexpired period of the term of five years.”

The constitution also prescribes the same in the case of vacancy due to 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 President’s office.

After consultation with her political party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, Suluhu will then propose the name of the person who shall be Vice-President.

The National Assembly shall confirm such appointment by votes of not less than fifty per cent of all the Members of Parliament.

Tanzania vice-president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, had in a televised address on Wednesday night, said that Magufuli died of heart complications.

Suluhu, 61 was an MP for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015 and has been Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs since 2010.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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