Zanzibar Newly Elected President Appoints Cabinet Ministers

Newly elected Zanzibar President Ali Mohammed Shein appointed fifteen new ministers and seven deputy ministers for his cabinet.

The autonomous island of Tanzania went into re-elections on March 20 that were boycotted by the leading Civic United Front (CUF) opposition party.

Seven of the appointed ministers are for the House of Representatives and six were constituency members of the House of Representatives. The remaining two appointees were special seats representatives.

It is to take note here two of the appointees also belong to minor opposition parties.

The newly elected president said no opposition party has yet met the requirements of Zanzibar constitution for power sharing arrangement.

In the 2010-15 administration Shein had nineteen ministers and deputy ministers’ figure too was same.

Shein said he expects the newly appointed ministers to work hard and he may not hesitate to sack those who are either not performing or underperforming.

The new president has also urged the ministers to support fight against corruption and injustice.

The president and his cabinet are scheduled to swear Sunday.

The last polls were held on October 25 and three days later it was annulled by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairman Jecha Salim Jecha citing massive irregularities.

In the re-run elections Shein garnered 299,982 votes, which is 91.4 percent of the votes cast.

The opposition party completely boycotted the re-run presidential elections and also called its supporters not to vote.

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