Famous opposition leader in Tanzanian Tundu Lissu has been nominated to contest for the presidency come October’s general elections by his Chadema party.
Tundu fled the country after enduring an assassination attempt in the capital, Dodoma, in September 2017. He survived the attack with life-changing injuries after receiving treatment in Belgium and returned last week.
According to report ,he will now challenge the sitting President John Magufuli.
The selection was a test for Mr Lissu who had to demonstrate to opponents that he’s still a force to be reckoned with. He got 405 votes out of 442 cast by members of the party’s national council.
His closest challenger, former Tourism Minister Lazaro Nyalandu, got 36 votes.
The opposition leader has been a fierce critic of the incumbent President Magufuli over the last four years.
It appears that he has now marshaled support, which many describe as a hurricane, towards the October 28 elections. But questions linger whether it will be enough to unseat the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) which has dominated Tanzania’s politics since independence.
Mr Lissu’s nomination will be approved by the party’s national congress on Tuesday.