Tanzania has got its first ever female President as Samia Suluhu Hassan, who took the oath of office. She takes the reins of the office of the President after the death of her controversial predecessor, John Magufuli, who denied that COVID-19 is a problem in the East African country. The 61-year-old Hassan took the oath of office at State House, the government offices in Dar es Salaam, the country’s largest city. The inauguration was witnessed by Cabinet members, former presidents Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwe. Hassan was Magufuli’s vice president, first elected with him in 2015 and re-elected last year. She will serve out the remaining four years of the late Magufuli’s term, which ends in October 2025.
“This is the time to stand together and get connected. It’s time to bury our differences, show love to one another and look forward with confidence,” she said after taking the oath of President. “It is not the time to point fingers at each other but to hold hands and move forward to build the new Tanzania that President Magufuli aspired to.”