The Vice President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, became, on Friday 19 March, the first woman to lead this East African country, taking over from President John Magufuli, whose death remains surrounded by many questions. King Mohammed VI took the opportunity to send a message of congratulations to Samia Suluhu Hassan, following her inauguration as President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Tanzania’s former Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in on Friday to succeed President John Magufuli, whose death was announced on Wednesday evening. She becomes the first woman to lead the country. She swore, with the Holy Quran in her right hand, as required by the Tanzanian constitution, to be honest and loyal. Immediately after her inauguration, King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to Samia Suluhu Hassan, following her inauguration as President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
In this message, King Mohammed VI expresses to the new Tanzanian president his warm congratulations as well as his sincere wishes of full success in her high functions, to lead the brotherly Tanzanian people towards the progress and prosperity to which they aspire.
The Sovereign of the Cherifian Kingdom also took the opportunity of this letter to reaffirm his determination to work together with the Tanzanian President to consolidate the fraternal relations between the two countries, in the interests of both peoples and the African continent.
Samia Suluhu Hassan, 61, has become the second female head of state in Africa, after Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde. Several women have already led countries on the continent in the recent past, such as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Sylvie Kinigi (Burundi), Rose Francine Rogombé (Gabon), Ruth Perry (Liberia), Catherine Samba-Panza (Central African Republic), Agnès Ohsan-Bellepeau (Mauritius), Joyce Banda (Malawi), Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburi and Carmen Pereira (South Africa)