Tanzania’s president on Tuesday lifted a ban on opposition rallies imposed in 2016 by her strongman predecessor, in an overture to political rivals searching for to revive democratic traditions.
“I am here to declare that the ban on political meetings is now lifted,” President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who took energy after the dying of John Magufuli in 2021, advised a gathering of political leaders at State Home in Dar es Salaam.
“The government will be responsible for ensuring security during demonstrations, but I urge all politicians to also practice civilized politics,” she added.
Hassan has been beneath stress to interrupt with a few of the extra hardline insurance policies of Magufuli, who got here to energy in 2015 as a no-nonsense man of the individuals however was accused of crushing dissent.
Nicknamed “the bulldozer” for his uncompromising fashion, Magufuli banned political rallies early in his first time period, however critics stated the ruling utilized solely to opposition teams.
Freedom of speech and the press have been additionally curtailed and opposition leaders jailed in a sweeping crackdown on dissent beneath his management in a rustic as soon as seen as a democratic beacon in East Africa.
Hassan has tried to conciliate the opposition since taking workplace, however has beforehand been branded a “dictator” by his critics, and considerations stay concerning the state of political and media freedoms.
In 2021, a newspaper owned by the ruling celebration was suspended for publishing a narrative saying Hassan wouldn’t run in 2025.
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