Tanzania’s former Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has become the country’s first female President, after the death of President John Magufuli. She was recently congratulated by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris who wrote in a tweet that the U.S. was ready to create stronger ties with Tanzania.
Hassan, who has been in politics since 2000, will serve out the full five-year term of her presidency. She will now lead the country through this pandemic and is expected to have a different approach to it, as the late President Magufuli was skeptical of COVID-19.
She has shown herself to have a different leadership style than that of her predecessor, as she is considered to be more thoughtful, measured, capable, and strategic and is not afraid to go her own way when making decisions.
Hassan, 61 years-old, is currently Africa’s only female national leader. Ethiopia’s female president Sahle-Work Zewde’s role is mostly ceremonial.
The Realist Woman’s take:
While Hassan wasn’t voted President and stepped into the job by protocol, she is more than qualified for the job, having been in politics for 21 years. She is popular in Tanzania, with the people referring to her as “Mama Samia.”
Hopefully, she takes COVID-19 more seriously than her predecessor and leads her to make moves that elevate her people and her country.