A native of Zanzibar, Suluhu served as a minister in the semi-autonomous region during the administration of President Amani Karume. She served as the Member of Parliament for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015, and was also the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015. In 2014, she was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly tasked with the drafting of the country’s new constitution.
She became Tanzania‘s first female vice-president following the 2015 general election, after being elected on the CCM ticket with President Magufuli. Suluhu and Magufuli were reelected to a second term in 2020.
She completed her secondary education in 1977 and began working. Subsequently, she pursued a number of short-courses on a part-time basis. In 1986, she graduated from the Institute of Development Management (present-day Mzumbe University) with an advanced diploma in public administration.
Samia is a Muslim be religion, like the majority of the population and Tanzania. She is a mother of four and wife to Ameir Hafidh.
Samia Hassan Suluhu Net Worth and Assets
Samia’s net worth is though to be over $730,000 and information detailing her asset portfolio yet to be made publicly available.
Samia Suluhu Hassan
61 years old as of 2021
Place of Birth
After her secondary school education, she was employed by the Ministry of Planning and Development as a clerk. Upon graduation with her public administration degree, she was employed on a project funded by the World Food Programme.
In 2000, she decided to run for public office. She was elected as a special seat member to the Zanzibar House of Representatives and was appointed a minister by President Amani Karume. She was the only high-ranking woman minister in the cabinet and was “looked down on” by her male colleagues because of her gender. She was re-elected in 2005 and was re-appointed as a minister in another portfolio.
In July 2015, CCM’s presidential nomineeJohn Magufuli chose her as his running mate for the 2015 election, making her the first female running mate in the party’s history. She subsequently became the first female vice-president in the history of the country upon Magufuli’s victory in the election. Both Magufuli and Suluhu were re-elected for a second five-year term on 28 October 2020.
Due to President Magufuli’s death on 17 March 2021, Suluhu, as the vice president, was sworn in as the President on 19 March 2021, and will serve the balance of Magufuli’s second five-year term. Following her swearing in, Suluhu formally became the sixth president of Tanzania. She also became the first woman to hold the office in the country. She also became the second Zanzibarian, after Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who served from 1985 to 1995, and the third Muslim after Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwete. She also became one of two serving female heads of state in Africa, alongside Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde.
In 1978, Suluhu married Hafidh Ameir, at present a retired agricultural officer. They have four children. Her daughter Mwanu Hafidh Ameir (born 1982), the couple’s second child, is a special seat member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.
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