TANZANIA SWEAR IN FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT AS FORMER PRESIDENT, JOHN MAGUFULI DIES OF HEART ATTACK

Tanzania has a new president and she is a woman! She was the country’s vice president until few days ago.

Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, 61, died from a heart attack, according to a televised announcement by the Vice-President, Samia Suhulu Hassan on Wednesday evening, March 17, following weeks of speculations he was down with Covid-19.

Following Magfuli’s death, Tanzania’s Vice President Hassan will be sworn in, thus making her the country’s first female President.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who is also 61 years old, is set to take over until 2025 as the sixth president of Tanzania.

Hon. Suluhu will not only be Tanzania’s first female president but also the first female president in Eastern Africa.

Her husband, Hafidh Ameir, a retired agriculture officer, will become Tanzania’s first First Gentleman.

The couple have three grown kids – three sons and a daughter. Their daughter Mwanu Hafidh Ameir is a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.

Samia Suluhu Hassan was the 10th Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, who assumed office on November 5, 2015, under President John Pombe Magufuli.

Previously, she was the Minister of State, in the office of the Vice President in charge of Union Affairs.

Born on January 27, 1960, Suluhu was an MP for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015 and had been the Minister of State in the VP’s Office for Union Affairs since 2010.

From 2005-2010, she served as a Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment and in 2000-2005 a Minister of Youth Employment, Women and Children Development, both in Zanzibar.

From 2005-2010, she served as a Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment and in 2000-2005 a Minister of Youth Employment, Women and Children Development, both in Zanzibar.

In 2000, she decided to join politics and was elected as a special seat member to the Zanzibar House of Representatives and was appointed a minister by President Amani Karume.

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