Samia Suluhu Hassan Sworn as Tanzania’s New President

Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as President on Friday, making her the first female President in East Africa.

The historic event comes after the death of President John Magufuli due to heart disease.

Addressing the public for the first time as president, Hassan announced that there will be 21 days of mourning for the late president and public holidays on March 22 and on March 25, the day Magafuli will be buried.

“It’s not a good day for me to talk to you because I have a wound in my heart,” said Hassan. “Today I have taken an oath different from the rest that I have taken in my career. Those were taken in happiness. Today I took the highest oath of office in mourning,” she added, after being sworn in at 10 am local time (07:00 GMT) on Friday.

Tanzania’s constitution states that when a president dies in office, the vice president will go on to serve out the remainder of the term.

Hassan is expected to present a candidate for vice president after consultation with her party. The choice must be assented by at least 50% of the National Assembly.

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