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Tanzania Fuel Tanker Blast Kills 57

Fifty-seven people perished in Tanzania on Saturday when a fuel tanker exploded after overturning on a road west of the country's economic capital Dar es Salaam, police said.

The disaster took place near the town of Morogoro, with police saying the blast may have been sparked by a cigarette as people rushed to collect leaking fuel from the stricken truck.

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Three Killed in Tanzanian Mosque Machete Attack

Three people were killed in Tanzania after a group of youths armed with machetes stormed into a mosque slashing those inside, police said Friday.

The attack took place late Thursday in the northern Tanzanian town of Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria.

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Tanzanian President Scraps Independence Party for Clean-up Day

Newly elected Tanzanian President John Magufuli has scrapped independence day celebrations to spend the money on a clean-up campaign, an official statement said.

"It is so shameful that we are spending huge amounts of money to celebrate 54 years of independence when our people are dying of cholera," Magufuli said in a statement read on state television late Monday.

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Zanzibar Faces Fresh Elections amid Crisis Talks

Zanzibar has formally annulled October's elections meaning a rerun appears more likely, despite continued negotiations to strike a political deal on Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands.

Despite fierce opposition criticism, the government gazette on Wednesday formalized the nullification of the October 25 polls, canceled after the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) cited "violations of electoral law".

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Tanzania Ruling Party's Magufuli Wins Presidential Vote

Tanzania's ruling party candidate John Magufuli won hotly contested presidential elections, officials announced Thursday, but the opposition said the vote was rigged and also claimed victory.

The win by Magufuli with over 58 percent of votes cements the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party's firm grip on power, ruling Tanzania since 1977 when two independence-era parties merged.

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Tanzania's New President, 'The Bulldozer' Magufuli

Tanzania's new leader John Pombe Magufuli rose from humble beginnings to win the presidency of east Africa's most populous nation in the country's hardest ever fought elections.

The win, on his birthday, by the 56-year old former chemistry teacher cements the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party's firm grip on power, ruling Tanzania since 1977 when two independence-era parties merged.

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Ruling Party Holds Lead in Tanzania Election

Tanzania's ruling party presidential hopeful held the lead Wednesday with around half the votes counted in the country's tightest ever election, though several veteran politicians have lost their seats.

With 133 of 264 constituencies having released results on the third day of counting in east Africa's most populous country, John Magafuli of the long-ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) had won 56.51 percent of votes.

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Tanzania Awaits Tense Presidential Poll Result

Tanzania's ruling party presidential candidate took an early lead Tuesday as election officials counted votes for a second day, while several key ministers lost their seats.

The polls are expected to be Tanzania's tightest election race ever, with the governing party facing the first major challenge to its dominance in decades.

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Tanzania Counts Votes as Opposition Claims Fraud

Votes were being counted Monday in what is expected to be Tanzania's tightest election race ever, with the governing party facing the first major challenge to its dominance in decades.

But the opposition Chadema party have alleged fraud in Sunday's presidential, general and local elections.

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Tensions Rise ahead of Tight Tanzania Vote

With three weeks left until elections in Tanzania, East Africa's most populous nation, tensions are rising ahead of what is expected to be tightest electoral race in the country's history.

The front-runner in the presidential race appears to be John Magufuli, candidate for the long-ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), who is hoping to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete, who is stepping down after the constitutional two-term limit.

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