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Samia Suluhu Hassan is Tanzania’s first ever female Vice President. She is among the country’s most powerful women alongside First Lady Salma Kikwete, Elsie Kwanza (Head of Africa World Economic Forum) and Margareth Mattaba Chacha (MD Tanzania Women’s Bank Ltd).
During the party elections in July 2015, Hassan beat two other female CCM candidates Amina Ali and Asha-Rose Migiro who came second and third respectively. However, this is not the first time Hassan has made headlines as a top female leader. 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.