Tanzania ruling party backs Kikwete for second term

July 12, 2010 12:00 am

, DAR ES SALAAM, Jul 12 – Tanzania\’s ruling party has endorsed incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete to run for a second term in an election this year.

The Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM – Revolutionary Party) held a conference in the commercial capital Dodoma on Sunday.

Delegates chose Mohamed Gharib Bilal, a former chief minister in the semi-autonomous Zanzibar island, to be Kikwete\’s running mate in the October 31 election.

"My priorities include economic development, delivery of better education and health services as well as good governance," said Kikwete, who will seek his second and final term in office.

Current vice president Ali Mohamed Shein was chosen to run for president in Zanzibar. The October election will be Tanzania\’s fourth since the re-introduction of multi-party politics in 1992.


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