Tanzania's Main Opposition Pulls Out of Local Govt Polls

Chadema's national chairman Freeman Mbowe announced the boycott following a day-long meeting of the party's central committee and its parliamentary caucus. The elections are scheduled for November 24 and have been heavily criticised. Election officials have excluded many opposition candidates over reasons their parties say are flimsy.

Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe, second left, leads other members of the party’s Central Committee in singing a solidarity song during a news conference in Dodoma. Others are, from left, Prof Abdallah Safari (vice chairman), Dr Vincent Mashinji (secretary-general), Mr John Mnyika (deputy secretary-general, Mainland) and Mr Salum Mwalimu (deputy secretary-general, Zanzibar).

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