Africa Update - October 2015 #4

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On October 25th, voters in Tanzania went to the polls to vote for a candidate to replace outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who was unable to run for a third term under the country’s constitution. The presidential contest saw John Magufuli of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party up against former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa who recently defected from the CCM to join the opposition Chadema Party for Democracy and Progress. Magufuli held a marginal lead heading into the polls, but the vote was expected to be close.

On October 25th, Tanzania’s ruling CCM party candidate John Magufuli looked poised to win the presidential contest as voting concluded across the country. Late in the day, the opposition Chadema party claimed police had raided its vote tallying center in Dar es Salaam and arrested opposition officials. While the opposition expressed concern the elections were not free and fair due to government intimidation, observers reported voting was largely peaceful with turnout so high that it led to delays in many areas. Meanwhile, analysts forecasted a decline in the CCM’s majority in parliament.

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