Tanzania’s first female Vice President Samia Suluhu sworn in

Nov 6, 2015 11:08 IST

Samia Hassan SuluhuTanzania's first female Vice President Samia Hassan Suluhu on 5 November 2015 was sworn into office. She was sworn in along with the new President John Pombe Magufuli at the swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s economic capital Dar es Salaam.

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

Born on 27 January 1960, Suluhu started her career by working as a clerk in the Ministry of Planning and Development.

A graduate from the Institute of Development Management (now known as Mzumbe University) with an advanced diploma in public administration, she was employed on a project funded by the World Food Programme.

In 2000, Suluhu was elected as a special seat member to the Zanzibar House of Representatives. President Amani Karume had appointed her as the Minister of Labour, Gender Development and Children.

In 2010, she sought election to the National Assembly and won by more than 80 percent. She was appointed as the Minister of State for Union Affairs.

In 2014, she was chosen as the Vice Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting Tanzania’s new constitution.

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