n Conflict Trends - Poll triggers violence

Volume 2000, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


On 29 October 2000, presidential and parliamentary elections took place on the mainland of Tanzania, as well as on the islands of Zanzibar. Only minor irregularities were reported during the mainland elections and independent observers described the mainland vote as being generally free and fair. On the islands, however, tensions emerged both before and after the elections, and international observers described them as 'a failure and a shame to democracy'. There were two main parties that contested for the presidency and parliamentary seats on the islands: the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), with Amani Abedi Karuma running for president; and the Civic United Front (CUF), with Seif Sharif Hamad running for the presidency.

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