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Tensions rise ahead of tight Tanzania vote 2.10.2015 Yahoo: Politics
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 ...
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Tanzania's youth prepare for key role in pivotal presidential poll | Mark Anderson 1.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Young demographic leads politicians to step up social media campaigns while youth train to monitor election that many hope could end one-party stalemate

In a classroom on a beach in Dar es Salaam, two dozen 20-somethings are learning how to stay safe when they monitor Tanzania’s presidential elections this month. Identifying themselves as independent observers will be crucial to avoiding problems, they are told.

Although Tanzanians of all ages are clamouring for political reform, for the first time young people are taking centre-stage by volunteering as poll monitors, and by debating policies on social media.

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Vote spurs calls for faster change in resource-rich Tanzania 29.9.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Edmund Blair and Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - On the streets and in board rooms, Tanzanians are calling for change as they head to elections next month, demanding growth that reaches the poor, an end to red tape that holds back business and a crackdown on pervasive corruption. Boasting huge gas reserves, a wealth of mineral deposits, vast tracts of arable land and sandwiched between two African trade blocs, Tanzania could be a regional powerhouse. Instead, its railways are creaking, power cuts force industry to rely on costly back-up generators, entrepreneurs complain of crippling bureaucracy and plans for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant are making halting ...
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Latinos are fighting Republican racism by registering voters 20.9.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Screenshot from Latino Victory Project's register to vote ad, responding to Republican candidates' anti-Latino remarks. Republican presidential candidates have been making racist remarks about Latinos in the U.S., and they aren't falling on deaf ears. Those same candidates choosing to skip July's National Council of La Raza conference in Kansas City—which was attended by Democrats Hillary Clinton , Bernie Sanders , and Martin O'Malley — didn't go unnoticed . Acting as if Latinos don't matter in U.S. elections is not only bad politics, it is the height of political stupidity. Latinos listen . Latinos are answering the blatant racism and xenophobia with calls for action, and one primary action will be getting people registered to vote and to the ballot box. The Latino Victory Project has released an ad in both English and Spanish with actors speaking the words that have dripped like venom from the mouths of Republican candidates who aspire to the nation's highest office, ostensibly to represent all ...
U.S. ties approval of $472.8 mln Tanzania aid to graft fight 19.9.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The United States told Tanzania on Friday it must do more to fight corruption if it wants to receive a $472.8 million financial aid package next year. Tanzania has made big discoveries of natural gas and hopes to start large-scale production within a decade, but investors in the east African nation of over 45 million people have long complained of graft. "Despite some efforts to address corruption, it remains a serious concern affecting all aspects of development and government effectiveness," Mark Childress, the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania, said in a statement.
Tanzania ruling party candidate promises land redistribution 6.9.2015 Yahoo: Politics
Tanzania's ruling party candidate for next month's presidential election promised Sunday to redistribute unused land, vowing to end years of conflict over land rights. The pledge was made during political campaigning ahead of the October 25 polls, in which Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party candidate John Magufuli is hoping to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete. Land rights is a contentious issue in Tanzania, where a period of privatisation in the 1980s and 1990s -- which was marked by land grabbing and corruption -- had fuelled conflict with pastoralists and indigenous ...
Tanzania's opposition vows to review mining, gas contracts 30.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's main opposition presidential candidate said he would review mining and gas contracts, and also scrap "unnecessary" tax exemptions for mining companies, if elected president of the east African nation in October. Former prime minister Edward Lowassa, 62, snubbed as the ruling party's candidate last month, switched to become the opposition coalition's contender. "My government will review all major energy and mining contracts and rectify shoddy deals," Lowassa said late on Saturday in a televised statement, without giving ...
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Tanzania's main opposition coalition kicks off campaign 29.8.2015 Yahoo: Politics
A coalition of four main opposition parties in Tanzania launched their campaign for the October election on Saturday, vowing to end five decades of the ruling party's domination of the east African country's politics. Addressing a massive rally in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam, the coalition's presidential candidate Edward Lowassa, said the time has come for Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party to go. "We must get rid of the inefficient and corrupt regime under system to bring about an end to poverty, massive unemployment and wanton plunder of the country's natural resources," Lowassa ...
Today: Biden Is No Ordinary Joe 28.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Time Is on His Side Will Joe Biden run for the presidency? Conventional wisdom might say it's too late for the vice president to go up against Hillary...
Salif Keita says Africa albino attacks 'unacceptable' 26.8.2015 Health
African music legend Salif Keita has called for people with albinism to be protected, as Tanzania begins campaigning for general elections with fears growing over a rise in witchcraft attacks. "It is completely unacceptable for humans to sacrifice other human beings, it comes from ignorance," the Malian musician, himself an albino, told AFP in an interview during a visit to East Africa. "Albinos are born, they grow up just like everyone ...
Virginia Finally Drops America’s ‘Worst Voting Machines’ 17.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
The move drives home the fact that severe security issues persist in the nation's voting machines ahead of the 2016 presidential ...
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Watch Out For the Most Tightly Contested Election in Tanzania's History 16.8.2015 Global Voices
"Lowassa is a Maasai Robin Hood. Or Tanzanian El Chapo. Look at the hands he touches and not the toes he stepped on."
Tanzanian opposition coalition nominates former PM for presidency 5.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's four main opposition parties on Tuesday named former prime minister Edward Lowassa - once seen as a leading contender for the ruling party nomination - as their joint presidential candidate ahead of October's general election. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party of outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete has ruled Tanzania since independence in 1961. "I have come to join you for a reason, to remove CCM from power," Lowassa told cheering delegates after being named by the coalition, including CHADEMA - Tanzania's biggest opposition party - in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es ...
A chat with Black Hat's unconventional keynote speaker 5.8.2015 Yahoo: Business
Rampant corruption in Tanzania keeps fruits of the many in hands of the few | Hannah McNeish 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Fears are growing that endemic graft in Tanzania will deny the majority of its people a fair share of the wealth generated by the country’s natural gas riches

In Dar es Salaam, framed posters of Tanzania’s president, Jakaya Kikwete, top the list of street-side bestsellers, outstripping images of Pope Francis, Jesus, Barack Obama and the country’s founding father, Julius Nyerere.

Related: Tanzania accused of making laws on the hoof in 'Kafkaesque' curb on free speech | Hannah McNeish

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Ex-Tanzanian PM joins opposition to challenge ruling party in polls 29.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Former Tanzanian prime minister Edward Lowassa joined an opposition coalition on Tuesday, posing a serious challenge to the ruling party's 54-year grip on power as the country nears elections in October. Lowassa becomes the highest profile figure from the ruling party to join the opposition camp in Tanzania, which has east Africa's second-biggest economy. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has ruled since independence in 1961.
Tanzania's ruling party picks presidential candidate 12.7.2015 World
Tanzania's ruling party on Sunday anointed government minister John Magufuli as its candidate for presidential elections due to be held in October, party officials said. Magufuli, 55 and currently the east African nation's minister of works, will be widely expected to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete, who will be stepping down after his second and final term. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has been in power since independence in 1964, and currently has two-thirds of seats in ...
Regional leaders urge Burundi to delay elections by 2 weeks 6.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Regional leaders are urging Burundi's government to delay presidential elections by two weeks as the central African country grapples with violence sparked by the president's bid for a third term.
Burundi government tells UN mediator to go 5.7.2015 World
Burundi's ruling party and its allies on Sunday told a United Nations mediator to step down, just two weeks after he was sent to help resolve the central African nation's political crisis. Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily was told to "resign from his post because he seriously lacked respect for the country's sovereignty," a spokesman for the ruling CNDD-FDD party, Gelase-Daniel Ndabirabe, told AFP. Bathily was sent to Burundi last month to replace UN mediator Said Djinnit, an Algerian diplomat, who quit after being branded as too pro-government by civil society ...
Tanzania's female politicians trained to campaign, avoid sexual pitfalls 18.6.2015 World
"Some women are easily tempted to offer sexual corruption to officials so their names are considered for nomination," Salum told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adorned in the traditional green and yellow of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. According to training organizers, the candidates will receive training about topical political issues surrounding the elections, the role of parliament and local councils, and relevant election law rules and regulations. PRESIDENTIAL HOPES     Four female candidates have expressed interest in running for president on the CCM ticket, including the former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Asha-Rose Migiro.
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