After six years of confrontational politics, A Tanzania's ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has signed a deal with the main opposition party, the Civic United Front
(CUF), to end "the politics of hate" in the country.
Amnesty International has called on both the Tanzanian and Zanzibari governments to institute an impartial investigation into reports of the excessive use of force by the police, and to punish those responsible for the killing of at least 37 members of the opposition Civic United Front
(CUF) in Zanzibar.
The Civic United Front
(CUF), Zanzibar's main opposition party, which accused the CCM of rigging the elections, boycotted the 5 November re-run, and still wants fresh elections in all the 50 constituencies.
The introduction of GNU five years ago saw the ruling CCM and the main rival opposition party--the Civic United Front
(CUF)--forming the government but CUF boycotted the re-run polls claiming that it won the October 25 elections which were annulled by ZEC chairman Jecha Salim Jecha on what he described as massive irregularities.
His closest contender, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba from the Civic United Front
garnered 1.3 million votes.
CCM supporters have clashed with followers of the main opposition party, the Civic United Front
(CUF), in Zanzibar Town, despite a police ban on political rallies and tensions have risen so sharply that the process of registering voters was suspended for a period.
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The main opposition party, the Civic United Front
(CUF), boycotted the polls, insisting that it had won in the October elections, and called on its supporters not to vote, something that could have been connected with the poor turnout.
The largest opposition party, Civic United Front
(CUF) had won 26 seats (18 of them on the Zanzibari island of Pemba, one seat on the other island of Unguja, and seven seats on the mainland), while the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) had won six seats, the Tanzania Labour Party (TLP) one seat, and the United Democratic Party (UDP) one seat.
Poul Nielson, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, welcomed the signature in Zanzibar of the agreement between the CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi) ruling party and the CUF (Civic United Front
) opposition party on October 11.
Violence erupted on January 26th when the long running trial of 18 members of the opposition Civic United Front
(CUF) party came up for mention in court.
The opposition Civic United Front
(CUF) poses the stiffest challenge to the CCM.