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Tanzanian President Magufuli Wins Big in Disputed Vote

  • Magufuli got 84.4% of valid ballots cast in the Oct. 28 vote
  • Opposition says vote’s been stolen, calls for protests
John Magufuli

John Magufuli

Photographer: Ericky Boniphace/AFP via Getty Images

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli was declared the resounding winner of an election that the opposition said was rigged and the U.S. government indicated was seriously flawed.

Magufuli, 61, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi’s candidate, secured 84.4% of valid ballots cast in the Oct. 28 vote, according to the results released by the National Electoral Commission on Friday. His main rival, Tundu Lissu, 52, of the Chadema party won 13%. Slightly more than 15 million people voted.