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US News Tanzania: the outgoing John Magufuli declared the winner of the presidential election

00:55  31 october  2020
00:55  31 october  2020 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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President John Magufuli casts his vote in Dodoma, Tanzania , on Oct. Tanzania ’s president is poised to be declared the overwhelming winner of Wednesday’s election despite widespread Main opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu with the CHADEMA party, who has received 14 per

Des supporteurs du parti au pouvoir le CCM célèbrent la victoire de leur candidat John Magufuli à l'élection présidentielle en Tanzanie, le 30 octobre 2020 dans la banlieue de Stone Town (Zanzibar) © MARCO LONGARI Supporters of the ruling CCM party celebrate the victory of their candidate John Magufuli in the presidential election in Tanzania on October 30, 2020 in the suburbs of Stone Town (Zanzibar)

Tanzania's outgoing President John Magufuli was declared the winner of Wednesday's presidential election on Friday evening with 84.39% of the vote cast, according to results announced by the National Election Commission (NEC) .

"Commission declares John Magufuli of (ruling party) CCM, which won majority vote, winner of presidential election," said NEC chairman Semistocles Kaijage. The opposition has already rejected the election outright, crying out for massive fraud.

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An election billboard showing John Magufuli , who was named president - elect by the National Electoral Commission on Thursday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania .Credit Daniel Hayduk/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

Dr Magufuli won the election with 58.46 per cent of the vote, the National Electoral Commission announced on Thursday afternoon. The opposition Chadema party, whose candidate Edward Lowassa came second with 39 per cent, declined to sign the consent forms.

Main opponent of Mr. Magufuli, Tindu Lissu, a 52-year-old lawyer and candidate for Chadema, the main opposition party, won 13.03% of the votes cast.

The rest of the votes are scattered among the 13 other candidates.

Nicknamed the "bulldozer" and elected in 2015 on a radical anti-corruption program, John Magufuli was accused of authoritarian drift during his first term, marked by a sharp decline in individual freedoms and human rights, according to many human rights defenders. the man.

Le président de Tanzanie John Magufuli, le 29 août 2020, lors d'un discours dans un stade à Dodoma © ERICKY BONIPHACE The President of Tanzania John Magufuli, on August 29, 2020, during a speech in a stadium in Dodoma

The participation rate stands at 50.72% of some 29.75 million voters.

The CCM of Mr. Magufuli, a former single party, in power continuously since independence, also won almost all of the 264 seats in Parliament, allocated during the legislative ballot coupled with the presidential election, according to the latest results published by the NEC.

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DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania ’s president is poised to be declared the winner of Wednesday’s election , while the ruling party © Provided by Associated Press The ruling party CCM presidential candidate Dr. John Magufuli casts his vote at Chamwino in Dodoma Wednesday.

© Provided by Associated Press The ruling party CCM presidential candidate Dr. John Magufuli casts his vote at Chamwino in Dodoma Wednesday. Oct. 28, 2020. The populist Magufuli , who made his name in part by targeting corruption

Mr. Lissu had on Thursday, in advance, rejected all the results of the presidential and legislative elections held on the mainland and on the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, which form the United Republic of Tanzania (approximately 58 million d 'inhabitants).

It "was not an election" but the work of a "gang which decided to remain in power at all costs", had accused Mr. Lissu, qualifying the results of "illegitimate".

"Democratic change is not possible in Tanzania," he lamented, denouncing "electoral fraud on an unprecedented scale" in the country.

Tanzania does not allow legal challenges to the outcome of the presidential election - a possible legislative process - and Mr. Lissu called on his supporters for "democratic and peaceful" demonstrations and support from the international community.

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