Tanzania’s ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has Sunday nominated Works minister, John Magufuli, as its candidate in the coming October 25, general elections.
Magufuli beat Justice minister and former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, and African Union Ambassador to the U.S, Amina Salum Ali in the election held in the capital Dodoma.
According to state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation television, Magufuli, 55, acquired an 87% margin of the total vote.
He will now stand on the party ticket and replace President, Jakaya Kikwete, who will step down after his second five-year term expires in October.
Foreign Affairs minister Bernard Membe and Deputy Minister for Technology January Makamba were among the top five candidates but were excluded by CCM’s Central Committee before members of the National Congress, the party’s top decision-making organ, voted.
However, the party is reportedly divided following Saturday’s nomination that excluded former Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa, who has been the clear front runner from the beginning of the process.
Other political parties expected to take part in Tanzania presidential elections are Chama Cha Demokrasia Na Maendeleo, or CHADEMA, and Civic United Front.