Tanzania's ruling party calms diplomats worried about fair elections

John Magufuli (C), Tanzania's incumbent President and presidential candidate of ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), waves as he arrives to give a speech during the official launch of the party's campaign for the October General Election at the Jamhuri stadium in Dodoma on August 29, 2020.

Photo credit: Ericky Boniphace | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The elections could provide another episode of a close contest between incumbent President John Pombe Magufuli and Tundu Lissu, the frontrunner from the opposition’s Chadema party.
  • On October 1, the US Embassy in Tanzania issued a public statement emphasising its commitment to ensuring this year's elections are peaceful, fair and transparent. 

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