10 Things About Tanzanian Presidential Nominee John ‘The Bulldozer’ Magufuli

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Written by Kevin Mwanza

In a surprise vote, John Magufuli, 56, was nominated by Tanzania’s  ruling party Chama Cha Mapiduzi (CCM) to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in the October election. Magufuli, who was not considered as one of the top contenders to the throne, beat 38 other candidates including former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa and current Foreign Minister Bernard Membe.

With the ruling party having won all Tanzanian elections since independence, Magafuli looks set to become the next president of the East African nation. He’s already made history by nominating the first female running mate.

AFKInsider looks at some key things about Magufuli’s long political career that could in a few months be crowned with the presidency title.

Source: Quartz Africa, Afrika Reporter, Parliament of Tanzania