Tanzania Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu is set to be sworn in as President of the United Republic of Tanzania on Friday.
The annoucement was made early Friday morning by the Government Spokesperson, following the death of President John Magufuli on Wednesday.
A statement by the State House Director of Communications Gerson Msigwa, reads that the swearing-in ceremony will be held at State House Dar-es-Salaam from 10am.
“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.
— Msemaji Mkuu wa Serikali (@TZMsemajiMkuu) March 19, 2021
The Tanzanian constitution requires that the Vice-President takes over for the remaining term if the sitting president dies, resigns or is indisposed.
“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 6th president of the country, and the first woman president of Tanzania.
She became the first woman to serve as Tanzania Vice-President following the 2015 general election, after being elected on the CCM ticket along with President Magufuli. They were both re-elected to a second term in 2020.
Before her tenure as vice-president, she served as a Member of Parliament for the Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015 and was also the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015.
Suluhu was born in Zanzibar.
After completing her secondary education in 1977, she was employed by the Ministry of Planning and Development as a clerk. She pursued a number of short-courses on a part-time basis. In 1986, she graduated from the Institute of Development Management with an advanced diploma in public administration.
In 1978, she married Hafidh Ameir, at present a retired agricultural officer. They have four children. Her second-born, Wanu Hafidh Ameir (born 1982), is a special seat member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.