EYAFRICA TV: Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA:- Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president on Friday after the sudden death of President John Magufuli.
“I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania,” said the 61-year-old dressed in a black suit and red headscarf before dignitaries at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam.
Samia Hassan Suluhu, who became the first female vice-president upon John Magufuli’s election in 2015, also becomes East Africa’s only female head of state.
Per Tanzania’s constitution, she will be serving the reminder of the late President Magufuli’s five-year term that began last year. Magufuli died of a heart condition on Wednesday, aged 61.
Before her tenure as vice-president, she served as the Member of Parliament for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015 and was also the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015.
She also served as a minister in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar in the administration of President Amani Karume.
In 2014, she was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, tasked with drafting the country’s new constitution.