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Tanzanian ruling party eyes victory despite Zanzibar annulment

A woman leans over to get a glimpse of Tanzanian presidential candidate John Magufuli as she holds a poster of him during a ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rally in Dar es Salaam on October 21, 2015Tanzania’s ruling party was on track for victory Thursday in the country’s hardest fought elections since independence, despite concern at the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago’s decision to annul polls. In parliament, the long-ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has already secured an overall majority pulling far into the lead, having won 159 out of a total of 264 seats, according to results released late Wednesday. With 195 of 264 constituencies having released results, presidential candidate John Magufuli of the CCM has 59.2 percent of votes.

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