|President John Pombe Magufuli
DODOMA – The President of Tanzania John Magufuli was sworn into office for a second five-year term on Thursday amid tight security by the police and the army.
This came at a time when the opposition was calling for a fresh election, the disbandment of the electoral commission and an “endless peaceful demonstration” over the election.
President Magufuli said earlier that he is serving his last term amid concerns that the governing party, which won nearly all parliament seats, might try to extend the presidency’s two-term limit.
Ahead of the swearing-in, leaders of Tanzania’s two main opposition parties, ACT Wazalendo and CHADEMA, were charged with organising unlawful assembly and demonstration.