Tanzania ruling party now says it 'insists' on constitutional reform

By George Obulutsa, 22 June
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (photo credit: David Stanley / flickr)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (photo credit: David Stanley / flickr)
Tanzania’s ruling party said on [22 June] it "insists" on reforming the East African country's constitution after fending off years of sustained pressure by opposition parties and rights groups to do just that. A previous attempt to make changes to the constitution failed in 2014. At the time, a draft constitution left out changes such as trimming the president's powers, establishment of an independent electoral commission and allowing legal challenges to presidential election results. Since then, opposition and rights groups have been pushing for the completion of the reforms, and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party said [...] it welcomed change. "I would like to inform you that Chama Cha Mapinduzi insists on the need of having a new constitution...,” Shaka Hamdu Shaka, the party's ideology and publicity secretary, told reporters. “The party is supporting President Samia’s reconciliation efforts.”
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