Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam – Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as the country’s first female president on Friday, two days after President John Magufuli’s passing.
Hassan took the oath of office in a televised ceremony at the statehouse in Dar es Salaam.
“I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania,” said the 61-year-old dressed in black suit and red headscarf before dignitaries at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania’s constitution stipulates that a vice president fills out the remaining term of a president who dies in office. Magufuli, who was first elected in 2015, was re-elected in October of last year for a second five-year term.
Hassan will complete Magufuli’s second five-year term, which is set to end in 2025.In 2015, she was elected vice president alongside Magufuli, and she was re-elected last year.
The constitution also specifies that the new president will propose a deputy after consulting with their faction, with the option approved by the votes of at least half of the National Assembly.
The new President said that Magufuli “who always liked teaching” had prepared her for the task ahead. “Nothing shall go wrong,” she said, urging all the country’s people to work to unite the nation.
“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.
Magufuli’s body will be transferred to many locations across the country for private and public farewell activities.