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Tanzania: What’s next for Hassan after pushing out parliament speaker Ndugai?

By Abdul Halim, in Dar es Salaam
Posted on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 10:51

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan addresses delegates after the signing framework agreements with the government of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 13 December 2021. REUTERS/Emmanuel Herman

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan is consolidating her power within the ruling party since she succeeded in pushing Job Ndugai out of his duties as the speaker of Tanzania’s parliament.

On 6 January, Ndugai resigned days after clashing with the president over the government’s external loans. He argued that borrowing for development projects is not “sustainable”.

A veteran politician in the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and a close ally of the late president John Magufuli, Ndugai has been a member of parliament for more than 20 years and was speaker of parliament for seven years.

The speaker said his resignation was a personal and voluntary decision taken in the interest of the country.

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