Tanzania votes in tight election race

Supporters of the opposition party Chadema take a rest after a campaign rally in Dar es Salaam on October 24, 2015Tanzanians voted in presidential and general elections Sunday, in what is expected to be the tightest race in the history of east Africa’s most populous country. Long lines of voters began gathering hours before dawn in the main city Dar es Salaam, with centres there opening on time at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and queues moving quickly. Analysts say the presidential race will pit John Magufuli of the long-ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), seen as the narrow favourite, against ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, a CCM stalwart who recently defected to the opposition Chadema, heading a coalition of parties.

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