President John Magufuli won a second term by a contested landslide and looks set to take even greater control of Tanzania's democratic space.
Tanzania's October poll shows that elections are purely performative for governments which do not adhere to the basic tenets of democracy.
Magufuli took a populist approach in trying to woo voters away from an invigorated opposition, and when that didn't work he reported to oppressive tactics.
As key opposition members lose seats in their strongholds, it is clear that Tanzania's ruling party is set to establish a super-majority that will institute a deeper authoritarian agenda.
A united opposition could create enough momentum to unseat incumbent John Magufuli from power.
The president's handling of the pandemic has been one of the more eccentric on the continent.
Framing the fight against coronavirus as a spiritual war may stem from a shared sense of discomfort about an adversary without discernible conscience; an impersonal demon.
Tanzania was an early, ardent believer in family planning. Now it joins a growing number of developing nations that see potential advantage in having a huge and growing workforce.
In Tanzania today, political space has shrunk to the point where protests are suppressed before they emerge
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has brought dramatic change and his intolerance for corruption won him worldwide admiration. But his repressive means to stay in power are being questioned.
Union Day is celebrated in Tanzania and Zanzibar on April 26 every year, but there is little unity to speak of between the islands and the mainland today
Multiparty democracy came to Tanzania in 1995 but the autocratic rule under the country's first post-independence leader
Julius Nyerere, seems to be echoed by current President John Magufuli.
The growing revolt against South Africa's president, amid state capture allegations, is not an isolated event, but part of a much wider pan-African uprising led by the continent's disaffected youth.