Tanzania Ex-President’s Son Seeks Party Nomination, Citizen Says

The son of Tanzania’s first leader is seeking to run as the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party’s presidential candidate in October elections, the Citizen newspaper reported.

Charles Nyerere, whose father Julius led the East African nation to independence and was president for more than 20 years, will announce his bid in his home village, the Dar es Salaam-based newspaper cited the 56-year-old retired army officer as saying in a statement.

Tanzania’s ruling party is scheduled to elect its presidential candidate in August after a full list of nominees is presented on July 12, Daily News reported this week. President Jakaya Kikwete is set to step down following the Oct. 25 vote, when he will have completed two terms in office

Foreign Minister Bernard Membe and former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa are also making bids for the nomination. Membe has received backing from Zanzibar’s second vice president Seif Ali Iddi, the Citizen reported.