Zanzibar After the Elections: Perspectives on the Political Future
Seif Sharif Hamad, Secretary-General, Civic United Front; 1st Vice President of Zanzibar (2010-15)
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
In October 2015, election results in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar were annulled mid-way through the vote count, prompting protest from the Civic United Front (CUF), the second-largest party on the islands and partner in the islands’ government of national unity. The CUF’s abstention from the re-run elections in March 2016 marked the end of a hard-won power-sharing political settlement between CUF and the ruling CCM and the future of political competition on the islands will remain highly contentious.
At this event Seif Sharif Hamad, CUF’s secretary-general and candidate in the 2015 Zanzibar presidential elections, will reflect on the Maradhiano process that led to the formation of Zanzibar’s government of national unity from 2010 to 2015, and will discuss how to move beyond political impasse.