Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania’s soft-spoken Vice President, was sworn in as the East African country’s first female president on Friday, March 19, following the unexpected death of President John Magufuli from an illness that remains unknown.
“I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania,” Hassan swore with a Quran before dignitaries at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam.
On Friday, the 61-year-old chief was sworn in at 10 a.m. local time.
She assumed the presidency after President Magufuli’s death from heart failure was confirmed on Wednesday, February 17, more than two weeks after he vanished from public view.
Magufuli’s absence since February 27 had ignited doubts about his health and fueled reports that he had contracted COVID-19, prompting officials’ denials.
Below is a video from the swearing-in ceremony.
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