Dodoma, Tanzania – John Pombe Magufuli has on Thursday been sworn in as Tanzania’s President for a second five-year term, amid tight security.
Magufuli’s inauguration proceeded despite opposition demands that fresh elections be held after reporting irregularities in the October 28 polls.
Nicknamed “The Bulldozer”, Magufuli, 61, was sworn in before Judge Ibrahim Hamisi Juma. His Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan also took oath today.
“Elections are now over,” Magufuli said, repeating the line twice more before a packed Jamhuri Stadium of spectators and foreign dignitaries.
“The biggest and most important task ahead for us all is to build the nation together. I assure Tanzanians that I will honour the oath, and implement what we promised to build the nation. I will work with you all.”
Magufuli won a crushing 84 percent of votes while his Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party took 97 percent of parliament seats up for grabs.
His main challenger, the Chadema party’s Tundu Lissu, got just 13 percent of the vote.