Arusha. Opposition MP Tundu Lissu has been elected the new president of the Tanganyika Law Society.
Mr Lissu who is Singida East Chadema legislator garnered an overwhelming 1,411 votes out of 1,682 votes cast to emerge victorious in the elections held in Arusha today.
He defeated two other candidates in the race in which Mr Godwin Ngwilimi was elected vice president.
The seven lawyers elected as council members are Jeremiah Motebesya, Gida Lambaji, Hussein Mtembwa, Aisha Sinda, Sreven Axweso, David Shilatu and Daniel Bushele.
The election of Mr Lissu as president caps a dramatic week in which he was arrested twice, incuding on the eve of the elections and charged with sedition at a Dar es Salaam court before he was released on bail in time to catch up with the events in Arusha.
Lawyers defied warning from President Johm Magufuli and Justice Minister Harrison Mwakyembe not to elect politicians into the TLS leadership. The minister had at one time threatened to deregister the association over the Lissu campaign.