Tanzania’s ruling party CCM candidate, John Magufuli, wins presidential election, according to the national electoral commission.
CCM’s Magufuli picked a total of 8,882,935 votes beating his opposition Chadema’s Edward Lowassa who got 6,072,848 votes.
The National Electoral Commission announced Magufuli as president-elect on Thursday.
NEC Chairman, Damian Lubuva, told a news conference that Magufuli, a minister for public works, secured 58 percent of the votes, beating his main opposition rival, former Prime Minister, Lowassa who had 40 percent.
Lowassa has challenged the tallying process and demanded a recount.
The opposition Ukawa coalition candidate claims he has won with 62% of the vote.
Magufuli now replaces President Jakaya Kikwete who stepped down a week back after his 10 year-rule came to an end.
Kikwete said he was leaving power a happy person, adding that 10 years was enough for any leader to make the developments they can make.
Tanzania’s next president: John Magufuli
*Aged 55, currently works minister
*Nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for driving a programme to build roads across the country
*Has promised change and to improve on the pace of progress laid down by the previous CCM government
*Pledged to end power shortages and exploit Tanzania’s natural gas discoveries
*”My government will put emphasis on fighting corruption, job creation and industrialisation,” he said before the vote.