Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania’s first female president, has been sworn in at the age of 61.
Hassan will complete President John Magufuli’s five-year term, which ended on Wednesday due to a heart condition.
At a ceremony at the State House in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian history maker from Zanzibar was sworn in.
The event was attended by former presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Ali Hassan Mwinyi.
As the new commander-in-chief of Tanzania’s armed forces, Hassan inspected the military parade after being sworn in.
As she took the oath of office, the new president said, “I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest, to obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania.”
Hassan is the third female head of state in Africa.
Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first. She ruled from 2006 till 2018.
Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia’s current president, is Africa’s second female president.