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Jumat, 19 Maret 2021

Tanzania's first female president Samia Suluhu Hassan sworn in - ABC News

Tanzania's new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has called for unity and says the country needs to bury its differences and avoid pointing fingers following the death of President John Magufuli.

Ms Hassan, vice president since 2015, gave a brief and sombre address after she was sworn in as President, becoming the first female head of state in the east African country of 58 million.

"This is a time to bury our differences, and stand united as a country," she said.

"This is not a time for finger-pointing, but it's a time to hold hands and move forward together," she said, addressing a crowd of current and former officials that included two former presidents and uniformed military officers.

Wearing a red hijab and taking her oath on the Koran, she was sworn in at State House in the country's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

She assumes the presidency two days after she addressed the nation to announce the death of Magufuli, after a more than a two-week absence from public life that drew speculation he was critically ill with COVID-19.

Magufuli died of heart disease, she said.

Described as a soft-spoken consensus-builder, President Hassan will also be the country's first president born in Zanzibar, the archipelago that forms part of the union of the Republic of Tanzania.

Her leadership style is seen as a potential contrast from Magufuli, a brash populist who earned the nickname 'Bulldozer' for muscling through policies and who drew criticism for his intolerance of dissent, which his government denied.

Reuters

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