|Photo credit: Asha-Rose Migiro, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Tanzania and Presidential Contender|
Asha-Rose Migiro, a former Foreign Affairs Minister of Tanzania and Deputy U.N. chief, is seeking to be endorsed by the Tanzanian ruling party as their candidate for President.
“I have decided to join the race for President on the Party’s ticket to enable it to continue to rule and implement its policies,” Migiro told state-owned television.
If her bid proves successful, she would become Tanzania’s first female President. She’s the fourth woman of 36 total candidates seeking the nomination of the ruling party, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. The CCM process of nominating a candidate will begin next month and end in a Congress convened by the Party on July 12.
“Working with the UN and being at different leadership positions in my country has imparted me with experience and exposure…I am looking forward to deliver the best leadership,” Citizen Newspaper quoted Migiro as saying.
The ruling CCM Party has ruled the country since 1961; leading analysts to believe that whoever wins the endorsement of the ruling Party on July 12 can be sure of winning the election for presidency as well.
Analysts predict that the opposition does not pose a threat to the ruling party, CCM, even through the plan to field a single Presidential candidate in the Oct. 25 election.
The current President, Jakaya Kikwete, will be stepping down in October after his second five-year term. In a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, he described the presidency as a job that is “stressful and thankless.”