Tanzania mourns Magufuli – What does the constitution say?

Thursday March 18 2021
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By Lilian Ndilwa

Tanzania is mourning the untimely passing of President John Magufuli who died on Wednesday March 17 at Mzena Hospital in Dar es Salaam

 Therefore, in accordance with constitution that The Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan will be sworn after 24 hours asThe President of United Republic of Tanzania to serve the remaining term until 2025.

According to Article 37 (5) of The constitution of Republic of Tanzania, after the swearing in of  Samia Suluhu Hassan as President, she will consult with the ruling party (CCM) on the appointee for the position of The Vice President.

The 37 (5) article states ‘the office of President becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, loss of electoral qualifications or inability to perform his functions due to physical infirmity or failure to discharge the duties and functions of the office of President, then the Vice-President shall be sworn in and become the President for the unexpired period of the term of five years and in accordance with the conditions set out in Article 40, and, after consultation with the political party to which he or she belongs, the President shall propose the name of the person who shall be Vice-President and such appointment shall be confirmed by the National Assembly by votes of not less than fifty percentum of all the Members of Parliament.’