The ruling party in Tanzania has dismissed growing calls from some of its legislators for President John Magufuli to extend his term in office.
The 61-year-old president, who won elections in October, is currently serving his second and final five-year term in office. However, some ruling party MPs have been proposing the constitution be changed to allow for a third term for him.
Humphrey Polepole, the CCM party’s publicity secretary, who doubles as a nominated Member of Parliament (MP), told the House that Magufuli has no intentions of remaining in power beyond his current constitutional mandate.
Magufuli himself had earlier dismissed calls for a tenure elongation, saying “I will not extend my [presidential] limit even by a minute.”