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Vol 58 No 22

Published 3rd November 2017


Tanzania

Laying down the law

Arrests of dissidents and plans to restrict political freedom show Magufuli's authoritarian intent

Tanzania's experiment with multi-party democracy may be drawing to a close after 25 years and five general elections. A draft Political Parties Act proposing significant new restrictions on political activity is shortly to reach parliament. It builds on a series of legal and extra-legal measures against free speech and political freedoms and presages a return to the darker side of the Julius Nyerere years and the one-party state.

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