Tanzania swears in new president

Tanzania’s president-elect John Pombe Magufuli will be sworn in Thursday.

According to a government statement on Tuesday, the ceremony will take place at the Uhuru gardens in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Several heads of state and government, explained the statement, are expected to witness the transfer of power to Tanzania’s fifth president.

Ruling party candidate John Magufuli won Tanzania’s hotly contested presidential elections with over 58 per cent of votes, cementing the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s firm grip on power.

Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, who comes from Zanzibar, will become Tanzania’s first ever female vice president.

Outgoing Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has declared the day a holiday.