Following the death of the former head of state John Joseph Pombe Magufuli and subsequent take-over, as the next President, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu has today announced her Deputy.
Suluhu announced Dr. Philip Mpango as the country’s new Vice President, with his name already forwarded to the parliament for approval.
“Under the constitution, the new Vice president has to be approved by at least 50 percent of the Members of Parliament,” the local daily said.
If approved, Dr. Mpango will take over as the next VP to replace Suluhu who ascended to Presidency after the oath of office following Magufuli’s death.
Until his naming Dr. Philip Mpango has been the Minister for Finance and Planning since November 2015.
Mpango previously served as Acting Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA); Executive Secretary in the President’s Office (Planning Commission); Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs as well as Personal Assistant to the President (Economic Affairs).
He has also served as the Head of the President’s Economic Advisory Unit; Senior Economist for the World Bank; Visiting Lecturer in Public Economics, Collaborative Masters program for Anglo-phone Africa, AERC, Nairobi-Kenya and Lecturer, Economics Department University of Dar es Salaam.