The 61-year old leader announced the death of President John Magufuli in a television address and said, “he died of a heart ailment that he has battled for over 10 years”. After two days of his death, Hassan took the oath at a ceremony before the dignitaries in the city of Dar es Salaam. She said, “I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania”.
‘Time to Unite The Nation’- Urge of Hassan to The Country People
Hassan urged all the people of Tanzania to work together to unite the nation. She said, “This is the time to stand together and get connected. It’s time to bury our differences, show love to one another and look forward with confidence”. The opposition claimed to know the cause of Magufuli’s death. Amid all these negativities, the leader said, “It’s not the time to point fingers at each other but to hold hands and move forward to build the new Tanzania that President Magufuli aspired to”.
Will The President Face Pressures From Magufuli Allies?
Several analysts said that the new leader may face pressures from the allies of Magufuli within the party, who dominate the intelligence and other critical aspects of the government. The allies would try to steer her decisions and agenda. But an expert of Tanzania, Thabit Jacob said, “I think she will struggle to build her base….We shouldn’t expect major changes”. The leadership of Hassan will also be tested on her response to the global pandemic, which her predecessor dismissed.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The leadership of Hassan is quite different from others. So, it is expected that the new leader will bring certain reforms in Tanzania and would establish the unity that the people of Tanzania need.
- Hassan must bring some tactical plans to handle the matter of the global pandemic well and must also keep an eye on the areas of civic and political rights on which the country is lagging.