Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as president on Friday, becoming the first female head of state in the east African country following the death of president John Magufuli.
Hassan, 61, was sworn in at State House in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. She assumes the presidency following Wednesday’s announcement of the death of Magufuli, after a more than a two-week absence from public life that drew speculation about his health.
In a statement, the presidency said Hassan would address the nation after being sworn in and would also hold a cabinet meeting.
Hassan is the country’s first president born in Zanzibar, the archipelago that forms part of the union of the Republic of Tanzania.