Tanzanian PM tenders resignation

Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Lowassa handed in his resignation to the country's president after being implicated in a corruption scandal.


NAIROBI - Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward
Lowassa tendered his resignation on Thursday to President Jakaya
Kiwkete, the country's parliamentary speaker said.

"Yes, he has submitted his resignation to the president. It
does not mean he has resigned. The president will decide
(whether to accept it)," Speaker Samuel Sitta told Reuters by
telephone from Tanzania's administrative capital Dodoma.

Sitta gave no reason why Lowassa, who was appointed prime
minister in December 2005, had tendered his resignation now.

Lowassa served previously as a minister with portfolios
including lands, human settlement, development, water and
livestock development.

His resignation offer comes days after Kikwete was elected
chairman of the African Union at a summit in Ethiopia.

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