first_imgTanzanians go to the ballot today to elect a new president.Opinion polls have put the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party ahead, however analysts say the results may be very close.The results of the polls will determine whether CCM continues its 54-year rule, or give way for a new government.Four opposition groups have backed one candidate, a former CCM member for the top seat.President Jakaya Kikwete will stand down having completed his constitutionally allowed two terms.Kikwete has called for peace during this time, adding that “anyone who tries to cause trouble will be dealt with”.Some of the major issues for the country’s 23 million registered voters include improved health care, better education and access to clean water.The CCM was created in 1977 from a merger of two post-colonial parties, and has effectively been in power since the country gained independence in 1961.last_img

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