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Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan attends the funeral of her predecessor, John Magufuli, in Chato, Tanzania Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan attends the funeral service of her predecessor, John Magufuli, in his hometown of Chato, Tanzania, March 26, 2021 (AP Photo).

Tanzania’s New President Wrestles With Magufuli’s Legacy

Friday, June 11, 2021

Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as president of Tanzania in mid-March, while the country was still reeling from the sudden death of her predecessor, John Magufuli, two days earlier. Dressed in a black suit, the 61-year-old former vice president spoke sorrowfully about the passing of Magufuli, officially from a longstanding heart condition.

“Today I have taken an oath different from the rest that I have taken in my political career,” Suluhu Hassan said upon becoming the country’s first female president and the first from the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago. “Those were taken in happiness. Today I took the highest oath of office in mourning.” She then announced that the official grieving period for Magufuli would last 21 days. Shell-shocked Tanzanians wondered where the country was headed. ...

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