Elections in Tanzania A Country Slides Toward Dictatorship

Opposition politician Tundu Lissu only barely survived an assassination attempt in 2017. Now, he is running for president against incumbent John Magufuli, the man who likely wanted him dead.
By Fritz Schaap und Sergio Ramazzotti (photos)
Opposition politician Zitto Kabwe and his followers in Mtwara: The rights of Tanzanians have been gradually, and brutally, curtailed.

Opposition politician Zitto Kabwe and his followers in Mtwara: The rights of Tanzanians have been gradually, and brutally, curtailed.

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Candidate for president Tundu Lissu and his wife Magabe: He saw the Kalashnikovs.

Candidate for president Tundu Lissu and his wife Magabe: He saw the Kalashnikovs.

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President John Magufuli: "It's a dictator's playbook."

President John Magufuli: "It's a dictator's playbook."

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Campaigning in Tanzania - A Photo Essay by Sergio Ramazzotti
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Campaigning in Tanzania - A Photo Essay by Sergio Ramazzotti

Listeners at an ACT rally in Mtwara: "Magufuli didn't think that he would have to run a real campaign."

Listeners at an ACT rally in Mtwara: "Magufuli didn't think that he would have to run a real campaign."

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The attack made Lissu a potentially more dangerous opponent to Magufuli, a martyr even.
"We have heard that they are assembling vigilante groups to intimidate opposition politicians, to kidnap them and murder them. There will be violence."
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