John Pombe Magufuli won the Presidential Elections of Tanzania

Oct 30, 2015 10:10 IST

John Pombe Magufuli, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party's candidate, on 29 October 2015 won presidential elections of Tanzania. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) said that Magufuli won the election with 58.46 percent of votes.

Magufuli’s closest rival Edward Lowassa of Chadema party won 39.9 percent votes in total. Lowassa is the former Prime Minister of Tanzania.

This win cements Chama Cha Mapinduzis (Party of the Revolution) firm grip on power, after ruling Tanzania since 1977 when two independence-era parties, namely Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), were merged. CCM is one of the longest-reigning ruling parties in Africa.

Before merging, Tanganyika African National Union and the Afro-Shirazi Party were the sole operating parties in mainland Tanzania and the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, respectively.

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