Dodoma. CCM's National Executive Committee (NEC) sitting in Dodoma has picked Defence Minister, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, as the presidential candidate for Zanzibar today July 10M 2020.
Dr Mwinyi won the intra-party vote which was chaired by the party’s national Chairman President John Magufuli by a huge margin.
The victor is the son of former president Ally Hassan Mwinyi and defeated former Zanzibar Chief Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha and former Finance and Planning minister Khalid Salum Mohamed.
Dr Mwinyi got 129 votes (78.65 per cent) while Mr Vuai got 16 votes and Dr Khalid Mohamed got 19.
A Special Committee of NEC in Zanzibar earlier on selected and submitted five names for the top position in the Isles to the CC for vetting. The five names were Dr Mwinyi, Mr Khalid, Mr Vuai, water minister in the Union government, Mr Makame Mnyaa, and Khamis Mussa Omar.
On Thursday, July 10, 2020, the CC finally endorsed the top three nominees who were forwarded to NEC for voting today, July 10, 2020.
All the three candidates had pledged to protect the Union if voted for.