Tanzania releases official portrait of new leader


The official portrait of the new president of Tanzania has been released.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in last week as the sixth leader of Tanzania after her successor John Magufuli died from heart complications last week.

He will be buried on Friday.

President Samia portrait

Director of Presidential Communication, TanzaniaCopyright: Director of Presidential Communication, Tanzania

President Samia becomes Africa’s only current female political head of state – the Ethiopian presidency is a largely ceremonial role – and joins a short list of women on the continent to have run their countries.

The 61-year-old is affectionately known as “Mama Samia”.

She served as President Magufuli’s vice-president following their election in 2015.

Where he appeared impulsive, not afraid to speak off the cuff and let his feelings be known, Ms Samia was more thoughtful and considered.

She is also said to be a good listener who believes in following the correct procedures.