Samia Suluhu Hassan Friday was sworn in as Tanzania’s President, making the history as becoming the first female leader of the East African country.
“I Samia Suluhu Hassan, swear and solemnly affirm that I will be faithful to the United Republic of Tanzania, and serve it with all my heart, and that I will preserve and defend the constitution of the union of Tanzania in accordance with the law laid down, so help me God,” Suluhu said while taking her presidential oath.
“I swear that I will undertake my presidential duties for Tanzania faithfully and conscientiously fulfill those responsibilities.”
In her first statement as the president of Tanzania, Suluhu told the nation: “The oath I took today of office is different and unlike any other I have ever taken in comfort, excitement and joy.
“I took this oath with sorrow and all across the country there is great sadness, I took this oath on a day of mourning.”
“For this I am sorry.”
Before taking the office of the president, Suluhu served as the vice president for six years.
The mother of four also served as a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives in 2000-2005.
Suluhu served as the Zanzibar minister of tourism in 2005-2010.
She was the parliamentary member of Makunduchi area of Tanzania in 2010-2015.