Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as the first female president in Tanzania. Samia Suluhu Hassan who was once the Vice president of the country was sworn in on Friday following the demise of President John Magufuli. Hassan was sworn in a ceremony at the statehouse of Dar es Salaam.
After Hassan was sworn in, she maintained that Magufuli’s body would be taken to several places around Tanzania for the next few days. After this, his body will be laid to rest on March 25 in Chato.
61-year-old Magufuli died after suffering from heart disease. He had been battling with this ailment for more than 10 years. Hassan announced his demise on Wednesday.
There had been ongoing rumors that Magufuli had contracted COVID-19 before he finally died. Asides from being the first female president in Tanzania, Hassan will be the first Tanzania president born in Zanzibar.
Hassan’s leadership style is considered different from that of Magufuli, who was called “Bulldozer.” He got this nickname because of the way he muscled through policies.
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Hassan will have to deal with healing a nation that was already polarized during Magufuli’s administration. She will also have to develop her political base to effectively rule the country.
Hassan will also have to make decision concerning the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for Tanzania. During Magufuli’s administration, the government maintained that it wouldn’t procure vaccines until experts from the country reviewed them.
When the pandemic began, Magufuli had dismissed the severity of the virus in Tanzania, embracing citizens to pray more for the coronavirus to go. He also claimed that the “demonic” virus can’t dwell in the body of Christ.
Magufuli claimed that coronavirus had been eradicated in the country, questioning the efficacy and safety of the vaccines and as such, supported the use of steam treatments and herbal medicine.