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UPDATED: 17:02, December 20, 2005
Kikwete becomes 4th elected Tanzanian president
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Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was declared on Tuesday winner of the 2005 Tanzanian presidential election and became the fourth elected president of the east African country.

Justice Lewis Makame, chairman of the Tanzania National Electoral Commission, declared the incumbent Tanzanian foreign minister as the winner of the presidential polls in which Kikwete garnered more than 9.1 million valid votes in last Wednesday poll to win for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party.

He read out the final tally of more than 11 million votes as returned by all the 10 presidential candidates representing as many political parties of the country.

Only three of the nine opposition parties vying for the presidency of the United Republic of Tanzania attended the official declaration ceremony of the presidential election winner.

These were Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), Madam Anna Claudia Senkoro of Progress Party of Tanzania (PPT-Maendeleo) and Paul Henry Kyara of Sauti ya Umma (SAU).

The swear-in is scheduled to be held on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam where more than a dozen of African presidents and one king will gather to witness the ceremony.

Tanzania got independent in 1961 from British colonial rules and independence leader Julius Mwalimu Nyerere became the first elected president of the country.

Ali Hassan Mwinyi became the second elected president of Tanzania that merged in 1964 with the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar to form the united republic.

The outgoing president, Benjamin William Mkapa, was elected president of the United Republic of Tanzania in 1995 when the country shifted to multiparty general elections. He was re-elected in the 2000 polls.

Source: Xinhua


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