Tanzania's Ruling Party Majority Expected to Dwindle

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Tanzania's Ruling Party Majority Expected to Dwindle


DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania's ruling party was expected to prevail in presidential and parliamentary elections yesterday against a challenge led by former prime minister Edward Lowassa, who has tapped into mounting anger over corruption and the slow pace of change.

In power for more than half a century, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party faces growing pressure to speed up development of Tanzania's significant natural gas resources to spur economic growth and lower stubbornly high poverty rates.

Polls and analysts forecast a presidential victory for John Magufuli, a CCM candidate. But many expect the party's parliamentary majority to dwindle after the opposition united behind a single candidate for the first time.

"Life is too difficult," said 33-year-old Lowassa supporter Michael Mlay, soon after the polls opened at 7am in Dar es Salaam. "The CCM government has failed to deliver."

Voters seeking to cast their ballot had begun massing at some polling stations at 5am. High turn-out was reported in several areas and queues snaked around corners amid complaints of long delays.

"I have voted for Magufuli because he is a man of integrity," said Francis Komba, a 43-year old taxi driver. …

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