Tanzania to pick new leader
DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzanians will pick a new president and parliament on Oct. 25, officials said on Monday, in a national election likely to be dominated by the ruling party despite rising anger at poverty and corruption.
President Jakaya Kikwete is due to step down from the helm of east Africa’s secondbiggest economy after two terms — the limit set out in the constitution.
Tanzania’s main opposition parties have promised to unite behind a single presidential candidate to replace him.
But analysts have said that plan could be hobbled by long-running in-fighting over policies and leadership, and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party would still likely win through, albeit with a reduced margin.
Tanzania has held a series of relatively peaceful elections since the reintroduction of multi-party polls in 1995 — though political tensions are rising in other parts of the continent as long-running leaders approach term limits. — Reuters