Tanzania President Samia Suluhu appoints Philip Mpango as Vice President

Tanzania President Samia Suluhu appoints Philp Mpango as Vice President

Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Dr. Philip Mpango as the country’s new Vice President.

According to Tanzania’s online news outlet, The Citizen, Dr. Mpango’s name has been presented to parliament for approval,

“Under the constitution, the new Vice president has to be approved by at least 50 percent of the Members of Parliament,” reads the report from the local daily.

The VP post fell vacant after President Suluhu was sworn in as Tanzania Head of State following the death of Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli. The late Magufuli succumbed to a heart-related condition while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Tanzania.

Dr. Mpango has been the Minister for Finance and Planning since November 2015.

He previously served as Acting Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA); Executive Secretary in the President’s Office (Planning Commission); Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs as well as Personal Assistant to the President (Economic Affairs).

He also worked as the Head of the President’s Economic Advisory Unit; Senior Economist for the World Bank; Visiting Lecturer in Public Economics, Collaborative Masters program for Anglo-phone Africa, AERC, Nairobi-Kenya and Lecturer, Economics Department University of Dar es Salaam.

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