There have been wider tensions around Zanzibar’s union with the mainland, with some parties wanting to break ties and return to independence
Tanzania opposition gamble on controversial ex-premier pays off with biggest slice of Parliament seats ever
The election was “a high-risk, high-reward game for the opposition,” and eventually the end justified the means.
Late Friday, explosive experts detonated a homemade explosive device in the heart of the historic Stone Town district, a UNESCO-listed area.
Uneasy in Tanzania: Ruling party's Magufuli declared new president, but opposition rejects result, claims victory
Ruling party's Magufuli declared winner with 58.46% of the vote. Rival Lowassa rejects that, saying his party's own count gave him victory with 62%.
'Alarm' over Zanzibar vote annulment, but election body says will still announce presidential vote winner
In Stone Town the streets appeared to be returning to normal and were quiet Thursday morning, although security forces maintained a heavy presence.
Security forces surrounded Zanzibar's results centre after opposition leader repeated warnings he "will not concede defeat if robbed of my victory."
DEVELOPING STORY: Magufuli grabs early lead in Tanzania election, and ruling party claims 67% of parliament seats counted
In the result of another Sunday vote, in Congo strongman Sassou Nguesso looks set to win a referendum vote to extend his 30 years in power.
In one region armed men attacked an electoral commission vehicle and burned ballot papers, but on the whole the election passed off peacefully.
This week Tanzania will have a new leader; Ivory Coast to return an old one. And Congo's will add to his 30 years
Whichever way it turns out, with Kikwete stepping down after two terms, Tanzania will have a different man at the top.
Sunday vote bonanza: Tight race in Tanzania, easy run for Ouattara in Ivory Coast, in Congo Nguesso seeks presidency for life
Two general elections, and in a tense vote to change the constitution in Congo, long-term ruler wants to extend his stay office.
‘For the first time we don’t know who will win’: Tanzania ‘Bulldozer’ faces ex-premier in tight election
The suspense is unlike any other in east African country, despite 50-year history of consistent and peaceful voting. It is bruising.
This is an election campaign in which the opposition tore up their trump card – a powerful narrative against corruption.
Tensions rise ahead of tight Tanzania election; worst feared if ruling CCM is seen to have stolen vote
All three major political parties have militias, which have been growing in force over the past several months, particularly in Zanzibar.
Coalition politics in Africa are rarely on ideology, but on the single mission of kicking out a dominant ruling party, or retaining power
Season of u-turns in African politics: Jilted Tanzania ex-PM new opposition chief, rival jumps in bed with Nkurunziza
Game of musical chairs however could only bring more uncertainty in East Africa, and frustration with its opportunistic politics.
Edward Lowassa came up short in attempt to succeed outgoing president Jakaya Kikwete on Chama Cha Mapinduzi ticket.
Tanzania has held regular elections since 1964, with CCM dominating governance of the nation.