Tanzania could have its first female president Vice President Samia Suluhu following the death of President John Magufuli on Wednesday. The vice president is expected to be sworn in within the next 24 hours.
According to the law, Ms. Samia Suluhu will not be acting president but will take over full powers as head of state and can appoint her own cabinet and even change some of Dr. Magufuli’s policies. The Tanzanian Constitution Article 37(5) says when “the Office of the President becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, loss of electoral qualifications or inability to perform his functions due to physical infirmity or failure to discharge the duties and functions of the Office of the President, then the Vice President shall be sworn in and become the President for the unexpired period of the term of five years and in accordance with conditions set in Article 40.”
According to the law, Ms. Samia Suluhu in consultation with her political party will then propose a new vice president, and such appointment shall be confirmed by the National Assembly by votes of not less than fifty percent of all the Members of Parliament.
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