Tanzania Election: Magufuli Wins Presidential Vote

John Magufuli won on a promise to tackle corruption and unemployment.
John Magufuli won on a promise to tackle corruption and unemployment.

John Magufuli won on a promise to tackle corruption and unemployment.

Tanzania’s ruling party candidate John Magufuli won hotly contested presidential elections, officials announced Thursday, but the opposition said the vote was rigged and also claimed victory. The win by Magufuli with over 58 percent of votes cements the long running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s firm grip on power, ruling Tanzania since 1977 when two independent-era parties merged. “I duly declare John Pombe Magufuli to have been duly elected President of the United Republic of Tanzania,” National Electoral Commission (NEC) chief Damien Lubuva announced. His running mate Samia Suluhu Hassan will become Tanzania’s first ever female vice president. “He is the right person for our country,” said outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who steps down after serving his two term limit. Magufuli, a former chemistry teacher, ran on an anti corruption platform, and secured a convincing victory over his closest rival, ex prime minister Edward Lowassa who won 40 percent. Lowassa rejected the official results and accused the election body of falsifying tallies. “We refuse to accept this attempt to rob the citizens of Tanzania of their democratic rights, which is being done by the National Electoral Commission by announcing results which are not the actual results,” Lowassa told reporters. “We are requesting that the National Electoral Commission announces that Edward Lowassa is the winner of the presidency,” he said. International observers, including from the AU and EU, said the polls were carried out in a “competent and largely efficient manner.”

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