Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has named her Finance minister, Dr. Phillip Mpango, as the new vice-president.
The name of the 63-year-old economist has been presented to the Tanzanian parliament for approval.
Under the country’s constitution, the new Vice president has to be approved by at least 50 percent of the members of Parliament.
Once approved, Mpango will fill the VP position which was left vacant after Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as President following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli.
Mpango has been the Finance minister since November 2015 and previously served in other senior government positions, including as deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.