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Vol 53 No 9

Published 27th April 2012


The youth rebellion heads east

Tanzania’s peaceful reputation could suffer as politicians mobilise unemployed young people in their campaigns

A pattern of slowly mounting civil unrest is emerging as a major theme in Tanzania’s political landscape as an increasingly restive young generation ponders its limited opportunities. The political atmosphere becomes more charged as the governing Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) faces growing competition at the polls, threatening Tanzania’s hard-earned reputation for peace and stability. Almost half of the population is under 18 and over a quarter of people live in towns, which are growing at nearly 5% per year.

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