Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, was sworn in on Wednesday (5 November) for a further five-year term, which he says will be his last.
GV EXTERIOR Grounds of Karimjee Hall, Tanzania's Parliament, Dar es Salaam, bands playing, girls in costume singing, crowd watching (3 shots)
GV PAN Retiring Prime Minister Mr. Edward Sokoine arriving
GV PAN President Julius Nyerere walking to platform
SV Electoral Commission Chairman Dr. Adam Sapi speaking to crowd
GV President Nyerere being sworn in by Chief Justice Nyalili as crowd watch (2 shots)
GV PAN President Nyerere and Officials re-entering Parliament House
SV AND GV Vice President Abound Jumbe (on left wearing cap) and Mr. Sokoine talking, waiting for cars (2 shots)
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Background: Tanzanian President, Julius Nyerere, was sworn in on Wednesday (5 November) for a further five-year term, which he says will be his last. In spite of Tanzania's economic problems which have led to a shortage of food, the President was returned by a 93.01 percent "yes" vote in October's month's election. The day after his swearing-in, he celebrated his victory by pardoning almost 2,000 convicted prisoner.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds filled the grounds of Karimjee Hall, Tanzania's National Assembly building, to watch the special musical processions.
Diplomats in Dar es Salaam had expected Dr. Nyerere to suffer more than a very small marginal loss in popularity because of the food shortages. The Tanzanians, however, continue to hold their 58-years-old President, known as Mwalimu or teacher, in high esteem.
But in the National Assembly elections, held at the same time, about 50 percent of the members lost their seats.
For Edward Sokoine it was his last official function as Prime Minister. He retired immediately afterwards because of ill-health.
Dr. Nyerere arrived in a sombre mood, which stayed with him through-out the ceremony. In what he calls his last term, he faces grave economic problems.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Ad??? Sapi, opened the ceremonies. He spoke to the large crowd of diplomats, religious leaders, journalists and Dar es Salaam residents.
The Presidential oath was administered by Chief Justice Nyalali.
Two days after the ceremony, President Nyerer named his new cabinet. In two of the changes, Mr. Cleopa David Msuya assumed the post of Prime Minister and former representative at the United Nations, Mr. Saleim Salim, took over as Foreign Minister.
The leaders and cabinet now face a pressing economic strife, caused by rising oil prices, falling export prices, drought and the cost of the Ugandan war last year.
The ceremony over, President Nyerere and government officials returned to the National Assembly.
Vice-President Mr. Aboud Jumbe, also President of the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar was one of the last to farewell the retiring Mr. Sokoine.