magufuli swears-in

Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has been sworn in for a second term following his victory in last week’s general election. He is set to serve Tanzania for another five years.

More than 12 countries have been represented at the ceremony, as well as delegates from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community.

Mr Magufuli took the oath of office at a sports stadium in the capital, Dodoma, with crowds streaming in from early in the morning.

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Magufuli held up a ceremonial spear and shield to signify the beginning of his presidency, shortly after taking  the oath on Thursday morning, amid cheers from Tanzanian citizens.

“Mimi, John Pombe Magufuli nitatimiza kazi kwa bidii na moyo mkunjufu bila uoga, upendeleo wala chuki. (I John Pombe Magufuli, vow to serve Tanzanian citizens diligently without fear, favour or hate).”

He will be deputised by Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Mr Magufuli won 84% of the vote, in a poll rejected by the opposition as fraudulent.

His main rival, Tundu Lissu, got 13% of the vote. The election commission denied that the election was rigged.