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Tanzania: President Samia Suluhi Hassan Swearing In, John Magufuli Death And Important Facts To Know About The East African Nation

All eyes are on Tanzania after the country sworn in a new president on Friday following the death of President, John Magufuli.

Recall that President Magufuli died on Wednesday after suffering from heart complications in one hospital located at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

In the early hours of Friday, Samia Suluhi Hassan was sworn in as the new Tanzanian president.

Samia Suluhi Hassan is from the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania and from what we heard, she has been the deputy of the late President Magufuli since 2015.

She is the first Tanzanian female president.

Tanzania: President Samia Suluhi Hassan Swearing In, John Magufuli Death And Important Facts To Know About The East African Nation

Below are some facts you don’t know about Tanzania

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Capital: Dodoma

Population: 55.5 million

Area: 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq miles)

Major languages: English, Swahili

Major religions: Christianity, Islam

Life expectancy: 63 years (men), 67 years (women)

Currency: Tanzanian shilling

Source: UN, World Bank

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Timeline

Some Key dates for Tanzania History:

In 1916, British, Belgian and South African sojas invaded German East Africa.

Three years later, the League of Nations gave Britain the mandate over Tanganyika which is now popularly known as mainland Tanzania.

In 1961, Tanganyika got her independence with Julius Nyerere as prime minister and Zanzibar also gained independence in 1963.

The two territories merged to form Tanzania in 1964.

In 1978, reports revealed that Ugandans have been occupying one piece of Tanzanian territory and one year later, the Tanzanian forces stormed Uganda to take charge of the capital, Kampala and also assisted in the removal of President Idi Amin.

They amended their Constitution to permit multi-party politics in 1992.

While in 1998, Al-Qaeda Islamist terror group bombed the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

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