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Tanzania votes on constitution rejected by opposition parties

April 30, 2015 - TANZANIA

The East African nation born of the merger of Tanganyika and Zanzibar holds a referendum on a constitution that will affect the general elections expected in Oct 2015.

Opposition lawmakers are reported to be angry because the proposed constitution rejected their calls for strengthening the federal system and limiting the powers of the president.

One-party rule ended in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s.

The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party drafted the new constitution in the absence of opposition lawmakers, who boycotted the drafting process and reject the draft charter. The CCM has been in power since independence.

The proposed constitution allows for an independent electoral body, one of the demands of the opposition. It sets limits on how many cabinet ministers the president can appoint and introduces equal representation of men and women in parliament. It also grants women equal land ownership rights.

Tanzania to vote on new constitution (News24 24 Oct 2014)

Tanzania to hold referendum on new constitution in April 2015 (Reuters/Yahoo 22 Oct 2014)

Date written/update: 2015-02-25