Following the mysterious death of Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli at 61, Tanzania’s vice president Samia Suluhu Hassan had been sworn in as the president on Friday, making her the first female president of the country.
According to reports, Hassan who is 61 years old and a soft-spoken Muslim woman from the island of Zanzibar, will finish Magufuli’s second five-year term, set to run until 2025.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at Dar es Salaam at around 10.00 am, where neither she nor the majority of attendees wore a mask, in the Covid-sceptic nation.
Hassan hasn’t been constant in the media, and this has led to people not really knowing her outside Tanzania until she appeared on television on Wednesday night to announce the death of Pombe Magufuli.
Meanwhile, there had been rumours that Magufuli might have died after contracting the Covid-19 virus, following the fact that he refused to take any measures against the virus.
He had reportedly called for prayer instead of face masks, refused to publish case statistics or implement lockdown measures, and championed alternative medicines.
However, Tanzania is observing a 14-day mourning period and details on Magufuli’s funeral have not been announced.