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Map of Zanzibar and Pemba

Map of Zanzibar and Pemba

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The Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous province of Tanzania. It consists of the island of Zanzibar or Unjuga, Pemba in addition to smaller neighbouring islands.

A former centre of the spice and slave trades, present-day Zanzibar is infused with African, Arab, European and Indian influences.

In 1964 members of the African majority overthrew the established minority Arab ruling elite. The leftist revolution was swift however bloody; as many as 17,000 folks had been killed.

A republic was established and the presidents of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, on the mainland, signed an act of union, forming the United Republic of Tanzania whereas giving semi-autonomy to Zanzibar.

Separatist sentiments have been gaining floor on the islands.

  • Capital: Zanzibar metropolis

  • Space: 2,462 sq km

  • Inhabitants: 1.8 million

  • Languages: Swahili, Arabic, English

  • Life expectancy: 65 years (males) 69 years (ladies)

President: Hussein Ali Mwinyi

Hussein Ali Mwinyi

Hussein Ali Mwinyi

Hussein Ali Mwinyi, from the long-term ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi occasion, has been Zanzibar’s president since successful the October 2020 elections.

A former defence minster, he campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket and since successful workplace, virtually 300 corruption circumstances have been prosecuted by the Zanzibar Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes Authority, or ZAECA.

Zanzibar has its personal cupboard, referred to as the Revolutionary Council, and a 50-seat home of representatives. Elections, by fashionable vote, are held each 5 years.

Beach scene in Zanzibar

Seaside scene in Zanzibar

The media in Zanzibar come below a distinct set of rules to their counterparts in mainland Tanzania.

Reporting on the state-owned Zanzibar Broadcasting Company (ZBC) tends to be pro-government. There are round 20 privately-owned radio stations and a handful of personal TV stations.

The federal government publishes the one every day newspaper and most readers depend on newspapers from the mainland.

The BBC broadcasts on FM in Zanzibar (94.1) and Pemba (93.5).

  • Zanzibar Leo (Zanzibar At the moment) – state-run every day

  • Zanzibar Wiki Hii (Zanzibar This Week) – personal, weekly

View from the House of Wonders in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

From the ninth Century, Swahili retailers on Zanzibar operated as brokers for long-distance merchants from Africa and throughout the Indian Ocean

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