Samia Suluhu Hasan (61), who created history on Friday, was sworn in as the first woman President of Tanzania. He took the oath of office at the government office of the State House in the country’s largest city, Dareislam. Hassan took the oath of office, wearing a hijab and holding the Quran in his right hand. He was sworn in by Chief Justice Ibrahim Jumavoing, in which he resolved to uphold the constitution of the East African country. Former Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Minyi, Jakaya Kikwete and Abid Karume and cabinet members were also present on the occasion.
After taking the oath, Hassan oversaw the military parade. Hasan announced the death of the then President John Magufuli two days before taking oath. Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks. Magufuli had rejected the outbreak of Kovid-19 in Tanzania and said that national prayer has eradicated the disease from the country. However, a few weeks before his death, he believed that this infectious disease was a threat in the country.
It is reported that Magufuli died due to cardiac arrest, but exiled opposition leader Tundu Lisu said that the President died due to Kovid-19. In his first public address as president, Hassan announced 21 days of mourning for Magufuli and announced a public holiday on March 22 and 25, when the late president would be handed over.
Hasan said, “It is not right for me to talk to you because I have a heart ache.” Today I have taken an oath different from all the oaths that I have taken in my career. Those oaths were taken in joy. Today I have taken the oath of the highest office of the country in a heartbreaking manner. “He said,” This is the time to stand together and join each other. This is the time to end their differences, show love for each other and move forward with confidence. This is not the time to point fingers at each other, but to move forward by holding hands to create a new Tanzania. ”
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