Tanzania. At the beginning of the year, the Zanzibar
archipelago began in practice the campaign ahead of the
general elections in 2005. For several years, strong
political tensions have existed between semi-autonomous
Zanzibar and the mainland, and on the islands the suspicion
is strong against the dominant mainland party Chama Cha
Mapinduzi (Revolutionary Party, CCM).
CountryAAH, the total population in Tanzania is 59,734,229 people in 2020.
A key issue for the work on establishing new voting
lengths was which ones would be considered eligible for
voting on Zanzibar. The local strongest party Citizens
United Front (CUF) has long accused the CCM of moving
mainland residents to the islands to erode CUF's position. A
number of explosive attacks in February and March increased
concern over violent confrontations.
In October, Zanzibar's regional parliament marked the
islands' special status by adopting their own flag, the
first since the archipelago joined Tanzania in 1964.