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Samia Suhuhu Hassan of Tanzania

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Also trending is 55year old Samia Suhuhu Hassan, who was announced Vice President of Tanzania in that African country’s 2015 General Elections, alongside Tanzania’s ruling party candidate John Magufuli.

The country’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has been at the forefront of pushing for more women leaders in Tanzania and during the party elections in July this year, Hassan  beat two other female CCM candidates.

She once served as the only high ranking woman  minister in Zanzibar after then president Amani Abeid Karume appointed her to his cabinet.

Hassan also worked  in president Jakaya Kikwete’s government as minister of state for union affairs. Her political career began in 2000 when she was elected as a special seat member to Zanzibar’s House of Representatives.

Initially, she worked as a clerk at the ministry of planning and development before joining the World Food Programme then leaving for UK to study economics at the University of Manchester in 1992.She has served in two other ministries: tourism and investment as well as labour, gender, children and development.

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