Zanzibar Election Crisis Puts Tanzania’s Political Stability at Risk

Young supporters of the opposition Civic United Front, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Oct. 26th, 2015 (AP Photo).
Young supporters of the opposition Civic United Front, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Oct. 26th, 2015 (AP Photo).
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The Zanzibar Electoral Commission recently announced that the Tanzanian island’s local presidential election will be rerun on March 20, after having annulled the results of an October ballot that many believed was won by the opposition Civic United Front (CUF). In an email interview, Michael Jennings, senior lecturer in the department of development studies at SOAS, University of London, discusses Zanzibar’s election crisis. WPR: Why were the results of October’s regional presidential election in Zanzibar canceled, and what is at stake in the standoff over the recently announced new elections? Michael Jennings: Officially the results of the elections on Zanzibar […]

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