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Opposition protest action

01, Sep 2014 / TANZANIA / 224 Words

Keesing’s Record of World Events (Formerly Keesing’s Contemporary Archives 1931-2014)
Volume 60 (2014), Issue No. 9 (September), Page 53550

The main opposition Party for Democracy and Progress ( Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo—CHADEMA) led a series of nationwide protests on Sept. 26 against the government’s refusal to dissolve the Constituent Assembly (CA) that was rewriting Tanzania’s constitution. The CA had been sworn in in February, but the CHADEMA, along with the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) and National Convention for Construction and Reform–Mageuzi (NCCR-Mageuzi), walked out in April after the ruling Party of the Revolution ( Chama Cha Mapinduzi—CCM) rejected proposals for a new federal structure of governance. Sixteen opposition supporters were arrested during one of the protests in the western town of Katavi, the Reuters news agency noted on Sept. 27.

Tanzania on Sept. 12 signed a US$565 million loan, credit, and grant agreement led by the World Bank Group (of five international institutions making leveraged loans to poor countries) and private investors to expand and develop the main port in Dar es Salaam (the commercial capital). Transport Minister Harrison Mwakyembe said that the deal would create employment and expand Tanzania’s trade in the East Africa region.

IN BRIEF

At least 36 people were killed and around 80 others injured when two passenger buses and a car collided on Sept. 5 on the Musoma-Mwanza road near Kiabakari, in the Butiama district of the northern Mara region.

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