New PM of Tanzania: Majolica Kassim

By Editorial Board - 20 November 2015 at 11:19 pm
Tanzania’s new President John Pombe Magufuli holds up a ceremonial spear and shield to signify the beginning of his presidency, shortly after swearing an oath during his inauguration ceremony at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. John Pombe Magufuli was sworn in Thursday as the country's fifth president in a ceremony attended by several African heads of state but boycotted by the country's opposition which says the vote was rigged. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)

John Magufuli - AP Photo/Khalfan Said

The new President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, yesterday announced the country’s new prime minister. The now current prime minister, Majaliwa Kassim, age 54, was a former junior minister. He worked as the deputy local government minister during the preceding administration.

Kassim has been described as a surprising choice for the role of prime minister as he not well known within the government.

In a letter by Magufuli presented to the Tanzanian parliament by Speaker Job Ndugai the President wrote, “I hereby propose the name of Kassim Majaliwa, so that the National Assembly endorse him in accordance with relevant procedures.”

Reuters reported that Kassim was approved for the role of PM by about three-quarters of the votes in parliament.

Kassim stated that he “pledge to work with members of parliament from all political parties.”

Today he was sworn in, he is the 11th Prime Minister of Tanzania. He was sworn in during a ceremony held at the Chamwino State Lodge in Dodoma.

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