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Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania, was on Friday sworn in as the country’s first female president after the sudden death of President John Magufuli from an illness shrouded in mystery.
Hassan, 61, a Muslim woman from the island of Zanzibar, will finish Magufuli’s second five-year term, set to run until 2025.
Hassan was sworn in as the country’s sixth president, at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, where neither she nor the majority of attendees wore a mask, in the Covid-sceptic nation.
She becomes the only other current serving female head of state in Africa alongside Ethiopia’s President, Sahle-Work Zewde, whose role is mainly ceremonial.