Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as president on Friday, becoming the first female head of state in the east African country.
Hassan, 61, who leaves the role of vice president following the death of President John Magufuli, took the oath of office at State House in Dar es Salaam, the country’s commercial capital.
According to Tanzanian constitution Samia Suluhu Hassan who has been the vice president is to take on the president’s seat up to 2025.
She is the only other current serving female head of state in Africa alongside Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde, whose role is mainly ceremonial.
Hailing from Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous island in the Indian Ocean, Hassan rose through the ranks over a 20-year political career from local government to the national assembly.