In Tanzania, opposition holds protest to demand constitutional reform

By Nuzulack Dausen, George Obulutsa, Elias Biryabarema and Aaron Ross, 24 January
Flag of Tanzania (photo credit: Clker-Free-Vector-Images via pixabay)
Flag of Tanzania (photo credit: Clker-Free-Vector-Images via pixabay)
Tanzania's political opposition held its first major protest in years on [24 January] to demand constitutional changes to reduce presidential powers and reform of the electoral commission ahead of a general election due next year. President Samia Suluhu Hassan last year lifted a ban on most political rallies that her predecessor John Magufuli had imposed in 2016 and has eased other restrictions on media and opposition parties. [...The] protest in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam was called by the opposition Party for Democracy and Progress, known as CHADEMA. CHADEMA says it is impossible to have free and fair elections next year under the current constitution, which was adopted in 1977 when Tanzania was under single-party rule. [...] Thousands of CHADEMA supporters marched through Dar es Salaam waving banners that carried slogans pushing for an independent electoral body and constitutional reforms. Police officers accompanied the marchers.
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