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Observers Fear the ‘Defeat of Democracy’ in Tanzania

  • Proposals to place opposition parties under sharp new scrutiny
  • East African nation’s Magufuli accused of crackdown on dissent
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Tanzanians already have to watch what they publish, tweet and even sing. Now President John Magufuli’s administration is poised to put opposition parties under even greater scrutiny.

Proposed amendments to the East African nation’s Political Parties Act would give a regulator sweeping powers to monitor the funding, membership and plans of opposition groups. Critics say it could effectively criminalize dissent, already rare three years after Magufuli took office. One firebrand lawmaker compared it to legislation in Nazi Germany.