Samia Hassan Becomes Tanzania’s First Female President

On March 19, East African country, Tanzania elected it’s first female President –– Samia Suluhu Hassan. The sixth President of Tanzania was sworn in following the death of President John Magufuli.

Acccording to OkayAfrica, the statesman passed away last week due to alleged heart conditions despite rampant speculation that he succumbed to COVID-19. Hassan, who is 61-years-old, has urged the East African country to unite and “avoid pointing fingers” with regards to Magufuli’s death.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at State House in Dar es Salaam, with Ms Suluhu making history as the first female president in Tanzania. She also became one of two serving female heads of state in Africa.

She became the first female vice-president following the 2015 general election after elected on the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party ticket with President John Magufuli. Suluhu and Magufuli were however re-elected to a second term in 2020..

According to the Tanzanian constitution, she will be eligible to run for another five-year term.

“The Secretary-General extends warm congratulations to Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan after her swearing-in today. The Secretary-General looks forward to working with the president, including to support Tanzania’s efforts towards sustainable development,”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated Samia Suluhu Hassan on her inauguration as the first female president of Tanzania, according to his chief spokesman.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris also congratulated President Samia Hassan, and said the United States was ready to strengthen ties between the two countries. Harris wrote, “Sending best wishes to [Samia Suluhu Hassan] following her swearing-in as Tanzania’s new President – the first woman to hold the office.” Harris added, “The United States stands ready to work with you to strengthen relations between our countries.

With an estimated population of 46 million, Tanzania is a country located in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region.

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