Thursday, November 11, 2010

The New Zanzibar

After a long campaign, the people of Tanzania were anxious and excited for the election results. 

This election was significant in that there was great potential for big changes, especially in Zanzibar, and all of the candidates were in tight races.
In mainland Tanzania, Honorable Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was elected to a second term.

On November 4, the Chairperson of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission announced that Dr. Ali Moh'd Shein, of the CCM (the ruling party) won by a narrow margin.  He received 51% of the votes and defeated  opposition candidate Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad who received 49% of the votes.  Other candidates received less that 1% of the votes. 
Everyone was satisfied by the peaceful elections, and supporters of the CCM celebrated in their own unique ways.

The swearing in day for Dr. Ali Moh'd Shein was a big celebration!  He took his oath in Amaan National Stadium and was surrounded by members of both the ruling party, as well as the opposition.  The promise of a new collaboration government, where power and authority are shared by both parties, has excited the people of Zanzibar.
Multiparty democracy was established in 1992 and the CCM has been in power since then.  Now, the parties have agreed to come together and collaborate and create a government system where they work together in the Zanzibar State House from this day forward.


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