CCM's John Magufuli declared Tanzania fifth president
Friday October 30 2015
CCM president-elect Dr John Pombe Magufuli and Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, who will be Tanzania's first female vice-president. PHOTO | EDWIN MJWAHUZI
Magufuli, the candidate of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, collected 8,882,935 votes in an election that registered a lower-than-expected turnout of 67 per cent.
The opposition Chadema party, whose candidate Edward Lowassa came second with 39.97 per cent, declined to sign the consent forms following earlier claims of fraud and calls for a recount of the tightly contested election.
Magufuli win means that in Suluhu Samia, his running mate, Tanzania has also elected its first-ever female vice president. The 55-year-old native of Zanzibar is a former MP and State minister in the presidency who previously spoke of being "looked down upon" by male colleagues because of her gender.
The president-elect will be sworn in on November 5.