Tanzania’s new president Samia Suluhu reaches out to opposition

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Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan Sworn in as President.
Source: The Official Account of the Chief Spokesperson of the Government of Tanzania
Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan Sworn in as President.

Source: The Official Account of the Chief Spokesperson of the Government of Tanzania

Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu reached out to the opposition Thursday as she vowed to defend democracy and basic freedoms in the East African country.

Democratic rights as well as individual and press freedom “are important for stimulating development and peace,” she said in a maiden televised policy speech before parliament.

Suluhu, who became Tanzania’s first female president in March, said she would discuss with the opposition “how best they will conduct their political activities for the benefit of our country”.

The 61-year-old was vice president to John Magufuli at the time of his sudden death last month, also aged 61.

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