Magufuli names little-known politician as Prime Minister

Newly elected Tanzanian president John Magufuli has on Thursday nominated Kassim Majaliwa to be the country’s Prime Minister.

In a hand written letter delivered to Parliament’s Speaker Job Ndugai, the president named the politician and member of parliament for Ruangwa constituency since 2010 the new premiere to the assembled House Members. 

After the announcement – which was received with enthusiasm by many MPs – the Speaker announced that Parliament would adjourn after forty-five minutes to give the appointees time to reflect on their legislative positions. 

Mr Magufuli’s nomination is widely expected to be passed in the CCM-dominated Assembly.

The Prime Minister-nominee was born December 22, 1960 and was a teacher prior to joining politics.

In 2010 he was elected MP for Lindi Ruangwa before former President Jakaya Kikwete appointed him as a Deputy Minister in 2012.