Tanzania, led by their vice president Hon Samia Suluhu Hassan is mourning the passing of president John Pombe Magufuli who succumbed to heart complications on Wednesday 17 March 2021.
Amidst the tragedy, all eyes are set on the vice president who is set to take over until 2025 as the sixth president of Tanzania.
Hon. Suluhu will not only be Tanzania’s first female president but also the first female president in Eastern Africa.
The 61-year-old will also be the first head of the country from the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar.
The Tanzania Constitution states that the vice president takes over as president if the office of the president becomes vacant:
“Where the office of President becomes vacant by reason of death, then the Vice-President shall be sworn in and become the president for the unexpired period of the term of five years.”
Hon. Suluhu has been in politics for 20 years.
Hon. Suluhu assumed office on November 5, 2015 as the 10th vice president of the United Republic of Tanzania.