Samia Suluhu makes history as Tanzania’s first female president!

Tanzania's new President Samia Hassan Suluhu and former president John Magufuli on July 24, 2019.

History was today made as former Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu was sworn in as Tanzania’s sixth president becoming the first female president in East Africa. Samia Suluhu Hassan had been serving as the vice president of Tanzania and took the oath on Friday, 19th March to become Tanzania’s president following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli.

The inauguration was witnessed by members of the cabinet and former presidents at the statehouse in Dar es Salaam. Notably, Samia was first elected with the late Magufuli in 2015 and re-elected in the office last year. She is set to serve the remaining four years of the late Magufuli’s term that ends in October 2025 as spelled by the Tanzanian constitution.

Samia Suluhu makes history as Tanzania’s first female president
Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga taking to his social media congratulated Samia Suluhu on writing history as the first female president in the East African region. In his message, he noted that he and his wife Mama Ida Odinga are praying for success in her new responsibility of leading the people of Tanzania.

“History has been made this morning in the East Africa region. Congratulations @SuluhuSamia on taking office as the first female president of Tanzania. Mama @IdaOdinga and I pray for your success in the task ahead of leading your people and enhancing ties between our nations,” posted Raila Odinga.

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