What Magufuli’s legacy means for Hassan’s Future

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Just weeks after taking office, new Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has rolled up her sleeves and is reviving a long-mothballed LNG project worth $30 billion. Hassan, who succeeded deceased former president John Magufuli in mid-March, has a more liberal business outlook based on mending relations with the international community than her predecessor and is expected to stress unity rather than the polarization which characterized much of Magufuli’s reign.Even though Magufuli’s legacy may be tainted by his dismissive attitude towards Covid-19 and a tendency towards authoritarianism, he does deserve credit for enacting a series of economic reforms and consolidating the country’s hitherto notoriously leaky public finances by tackling Tanzania’s long-term problem with tax evasion and lax industrial oversight.