Samia Suluhu Hassan, the vp of Tanzania, was sworn in as president on Friday following the demise of John Magufuli.
The 61-year-old Suluhu served as appearing president since Wednesday, when she introduced to the nation that Magufuli had died. Magufuli, 62, had lengthy suffered a coronary heart situation for which he was below care at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, and had not been seen in public in current weeks.
The information of his demise ended weeks of hypothesis about his situation and calls for from opposition leaders that the Tanzanian authorities share details about Magufuli’s well being. Suluhu mentioned the nation will observe a two-week interval of mourning for the late president, who turned a controversial chief due to his repression of journalists and opposition figures and, later, his denial of the COVID-19 disaster in Tanzania.
Suluhu is the primary feminine president within the nation’s historical past, and was the primary girl on a presidential ticket when Magufuli selected her as his working mate in 2015. The 2 gained re-election in October 2020.
Suluhu beforehand served in a number of ministerial roles, together with Minister of State for Union Issues below former president Jakaya Kikwete. She additionally was elected to parliament in 2010.
A local of Zanzibar, Suluhu accomplished graduate research in each economics and neighborhood improvement.