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Trainstation in Mwanza


Tanzania has built a reputation for long-standing peace and stability, in marked contrast to its Central and East African neighbours. However, this reputation was tested by a series of political hurdles in the lead-up to the country’s October 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections. A referendum on a new constitution scheduled for 30 April 2015 was delayed indefinitely, risking strain to the 51-year- old union between the mainland and the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, as calls for the latter’s increased autonomy – sparked by a drawn-out constitutional review process – were left unanswered. Furthermore, the selection of a presidential candidate for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in July 2015 exposed fractures in the party that has dominated Tanzanian politics since independence in 1961.  

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