Meet Samia Suluhu Hassan,Tanzania’s First Female Vice President

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A few hours after Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)’s  Magufuli won the presidential elections in Tanzania,we are reliably informed that his running mate,Samia Suluhu Hassan has been declared the country’s Vice President. Suluhu has made history as Tanzania’s first female Vice President.

Born 27 January 1960 in the Sultanate of Zanzibar, Samia is a Tanzanian CCM politician who has served as the Member of Parliament for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015.In 2000, she decided to join politics and was elected as a special seat member to the Zanzibar House of Representatives and was appointed a minister by President Amani Karume. Being the only high-ranking woman minister in the cabinet and was looked down on by her male colleagues because of her gender.

She was re-elected in 2005 and was re-appointed as a minister in another portfolio.In 2010.She has been Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office for Union Affairs since 2010 and served as a minister in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar in the administration of President Amani Karume.In 2014, she was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting the country’s new constitution.

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