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Vol 61 No 22

Published 5th November 2020


Bulldozing to victory

The President has carried out a crude electoral coup and reduced the opposition to a token presence in parliament

After an election campaign dubbed the least free since multiparty democracy began in 1995, President John Magufuli won his second term of office with the biggest majority since then, 84%. The victory of the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), in the 28 October poll was facilitated by party capture of the electoral commission, refusals of nominations of opposition candidates at all levels, arrests of rival party members and police violence against rallies and individuals.

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