Samia Suluhu Hassan sworn-in today March 19 as the sixth President of the United Republic of Tanzania following the death of President John Magufuli that occurred on March 17, 2021.
The short swearing-in ceremony took place Friday at State House in Dar es Salaam and she was sworn in by the Chief Justice Ibrahim Juma.
The Tanzanian constitution requires that the Vice-President takes over for the remaining term if the sitting president dies, resigns or is indisposed.
Suluhu becomes the first female president of the East Africa nation and the second president to come from the country’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar.
The 61-year-old served as President Magufuli’s deputy since 2015.
The Tanzania constitution stipulates that she should serve the remaining five-year term in the top job.
Several past and current leaders were present as she took oath of office to become the Sixth president.
This was the first time Tanzania’s top leadership has changed hands without having an election.
Those present included former Presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Ali Hassan Mwinyi, also present were the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai, Chief Justice Ibrahim Hamis Juma and many others.