Tanzania’s ruling party has today nominated President John Magufuli to seek re-election in October.
Magufuli, who was elected in 2015, has in his first term been accused of narrowing freedoms and increasing authoritarianism and seeking to cover up his country’s coronavirus epidemic.
Members of his ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) who were present at a national congress broadcast live from the administrative capital Dodoma voted for Magufuli, the only candidate seeking nomination.
Magufuli came to power pledging to clamp down on corruption, but has increasingly come under fire for human rights abuses.
The CCM said its election manifesto for the next five years will focus on job creation, good governance, justice and revolutionising agriculture, among others.
The party picked Hussein Mwinyi, the son of former Tanzanian president Ali Hassan Mwinyi, to run for president of the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar.