Tanzanian president rules out extension of rule beyond term limit

Thursday 4th April, 2019
President John-Magufuli

DAR ES SALAAM, April 04 (Xinhua/GNA) - Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday reiterated his position against extending his rule beyond the constitutional limit.

"My position as president is temporary and once my tenure ends I will leave the same day," he told a public rally in the east African nation's southern district of Newala.

Magufuli, on the second day of his three-day working tour of Mtwara region, said he will not be tempted to stay an extra day in office after his mandate in office ended.

President Magufuli said it was his duty to bring development to citizens, adding once his term expired he will leave it to others to continue leading the country.

In January 2017, President Magufuli rejected calls from within the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) to extend his rule beyond the constitutional limit.

Magufuli was elected in 2015 succeeding President Jakaya Kikwete. His current term expires in 2020 when new elections will be held, and if re-elected, he will serve until 2025.

Tanzania has held five relatively peaceful multi-party general elections since 1995, all won by the ruling party.

GNA