Shein to deliver speech in Z'bar House of Reps

Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein
 Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein is tomorrow expected to deliver his inaugural speech at the Ninth House of Representatives meeting as majority of Zanzibaris  still remain tense  on the way forward over the existence of the Government of National Unity (GNU).
Among issues that Dr Shein is expected to address is the coalition government as the vacancy of the First Vice President remains open after the appointment of Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi as Second Vice President. House of Representatives clerk Yahya Khamis Hamad briefed the press that Dr Shein would address the house on Tuesday.
“I have the honour to announce to you that Dr Shein will deliver his inaugural speech since he was re-elected on Tuesday,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Zanzibar Law Society President Awadhi Ali Said called on Dr Shein to find the best way of continuing with the GNU so as to avoid another political stalemate in the isles.
However, the ZLS former president stressed that the amendment of the 2010 constitution had only considered one opposition party, Civic United Front (CUF), leaving others aside.
“They had only looked at the present political situation at that time by considering one party and putting the others aside without realising  that things may change unexpectedly,’’ he said.
According to him, the government should change some sections of the constitution that were amended to accomodate small opposition parties by allowing them to join the coalition. 
Following the nullification of October 25 General Election in 2015 due to a number of irregularities, Zanzibar conducted re-run polls in March 20 whereby the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairman Jecha Salim Jecha announced incumbent President Ali Mohamed Shein the winner after garnering 91.4 per cent.
Despite Dr Shein’s victory, the isles have been left in another political stalemate after none of the opposition camp, beside the main opposition Civic United Front (CUF) which boycotted the election re-run, hardly got the share of votes required by the Isles constitution to form a government of national unity (GNU).
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