There is growing optimism over Tanzania’s political and economic future. New President Samia Suluhu Hassan has begun to lift restrictions on the activities of opposition political parties to help ease some of the tensions that built up when her predecessor John Magufuli was in power.
At the same time, broad-based growth has turned the country into one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, while a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) project could become Tanzania’s biggest-ever industrial investment. Overreliance on hydrocarbon revenues is a threat, while the country has still never had a genuinely competitive national election, but Hassan has certainly transformed the mood during her first two years in power.
Magufuli was certainly enormously popular with large sections of the Tanzanian population but he was not a fan of political opposition and had a reputation for being abrasive with foreign investors. He banned rallies by opposition parties in…