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Tanzania: First 100 days under Hassan marked by stark contrast to Magufuli, but more to be done

By Abdul Halim, in Dar es Salaam
Posted on Friday, 9 July 2021 10:29

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan (C) arrives to address a joint parliamentary session in Nairobi, Kenya, 5 May 2021. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

Tanzania's President Samia Hassan Suluhu Hassan marked 100 days since she took over as president of United Republic of Tanzania on 19 March after the sudden death of her predecessor, John Magufuli. The government is now rolling out science and healthcare measures to respond to the Covid pandemic, but oppositionists say she is not liberalising the country's politics fast enough.

Since she took office President Hassan, who is from the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, has distanced herself from some of the controversial policies that was implemented by Magufuli. He denied that the global Covid-19 pandemic was a problem, silenced any dissenting voices and was in conflict with some foreign investors.

She is taking a more moderate path than Magufuli but has yet to announce all the policies she hopes to pursue during the rest of her term.

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