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Tanzania VP Suluhu to be sworn in as President

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Tanzania Vice President Samia Suluhu is set to be sworn in as the president of Tanzania today.

State House Director of Communications Gerson Msigwa says that the swearing in will be conducted at 10 am.

The ceremony is set to take place at State House.

“Samia Hassan Suluhu is being sworn in following the death of former president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli on March 17, 2021,” reads the statement.

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Tanzanian constitution states that the Vice President shall be sworn in as president for the remainder of the term upon the death or resignation of the president.

“Where the office of President becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, loss of electoral qualifications or inability to perform his functions due to physical infirmity, or failure to discharge the duties and functions of the office of President, then the Vice-President shall be sworn in and become the President for the unexpired period of the term of five years…” reads Chapter two, Part 1, Article 37 (5) of the Tanzanian constitution.

Upon her swearing in, Suluhu will become the first female president of Tanzania.

Tanzania President Magufuli died on Wednesday on what the the government termed as heart complications.

His death announcement came after he went missing from the public for more than three weeks.

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