Most supports government of national unity in Tanzania's Zanzibar: referendum

13:04, August 01, 2010      

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Initial results of a referendum in Tanzania's Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar on Saturday showed that 75.4 percent of voters gave yes vote to the formation of government of national unity in Zanzibar after the general elections in October.

Chairman of Zanzibar Electoral Commission Khatib Mwinyi Chande announced the result of five out of 50 constituencies in Unguja and Pemba, the sister islands of Zanzibar, after the completion of casting ballots in the referendum, which took place on Saturday.

Chande said in the five constituencies, 4,978 voters, equal to 75.4 percent, gave yes vote, and 1,622 people, equal to 24.6 percent, said no. All the five constituencies so far announced are in Unguja.

Chande said more results are expected to be announced on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. local time (0700 GMT), which would be followed by the announcement of the final results.

Thousands of people in Zanzibar voted in the referendum, marking a high turnout. Voters included President of Zanzibar Amani Abeid Karume, Zanzibar Chief Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, the opposition party the Civic United Front (CUF)'s Secretary General Seif Sharif Hamad and the running mate of president of Tanzania, Mohd Gharib Bilal, who is the current Tanzanian vice president.

Karume said the vote went on in an atmosphere of peace and harmony, indicating the hope of prevailing peace and tranquility in the coming general elections.

Under the proposed structure of a government of national unity likely to be formed after the next elections, if a ruling Revolutionary Party of Tanzania Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) candidate wins the presidency, CUF's Hamad would become first vice president.

Source: Xinhua


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