Zanzibar votes on power-sharing change

July 31, 2010, midnight

Voters in the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar on Saturday approved a referendum to install a power-sharing government. The measure will allow rival parties to form a coalition government after the upcoming elections in October. Both the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM - Revolutionary party) and the main opposition Civic United Front (CUF) supported the referendum. The new government will have a president and two vice presidents, with the first vice president belonging to the party that placed second in the election. This would mean that the islands largest party, the CCM, would share some power with the CUF. In previous elections, the CUF accused the CCM of rigging elections, which it claims to have won.

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