Tanzania: Background and Current Conditions
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Tanzania, an important U.S. ally in Africa, is a stable and important regional actor. There has been a gradual increase in political pluralism, but Chama Cha Mapinduzi CCM, the ruling party, remains dominant in government and parliament. Tanzanias current president, Jakaya Kikwete, who previously served for 10 years as Tanzanias foreign minister, won 80.3 of the votes cast in the December 2005 presidential election. The next general elections are scheduled for October 2010. Tanzania continues its pattern of steady real Gross Domestic Product GDP growth and has a low and stable inflation rate. The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts real Gross Domestic Product GDP growth of 6.4 in 2010 and 7.1 in 2011.
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