Kikwete re-elected as Tanzania President
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has been elected for the second time as the President of the republic of Tanzania. The election took place amidst fears from the opposition groups that the election was marred by irregularities and as well as the election’s delayed outcome.
The election in Tanzania took place in a tight security environment. Mr Kiwete’s opponent, Wilbord Slaa said the election was rigged and that he had sufficient to support his argument.
Earlier this week, Mr. Slaa called on Tanzania’s election commission to stop releasing results from Sunday’s election, saying police and intelligence services had rigged the vote. Commission chairman Lewis Makame quickly rejected that demand.
The Chama Cha Mapinduzi, the president’s party (CCM) had predicted it will likely lose some assembly seats but will ultimately win the presidential and parliamentary vote.
Officials have issued results from Tanzania’s 239 constituencies more slowly than expected. The European Union’s election observer team says the delay is raising tensions among voters. The only complete results have come from Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar.
On Wednesday, CCM candidate Ali Mohammed Shein was sworn in as Zanzibar’s new president. Shein won the island’s presidency with 50.1 percent of the vote, while Seif Sharif Hamad of the Civic United Front tallied 49.1 percent.
Under a recent Zanzibar constitutional amendment, the parties will enter into a coalition government. The change was made with the goal of preventing election-related violence that broke out after the 2000 election.