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Tanzania Ruling Party Picks Foreign Minister as Presidential Candidate


Tanzania's ruling party has elected the country's foreign minister as its candidate in upcoming presidential elections.

Jakaya Kikwete won more than 60 percent of the votes at the party assembly, which ended Wednesday in the central town of Dodoma.

As the ruling party candidate, Mr. Kikwete is widely expected to win the October 30 election.

If he does, he will succeed President Benjamin Mkapa, who is stepping down because of a constitutional two-term limit.

Reuters news agency says Mr. Kikwete has been in parliament since 1988. It says he served as Tanzania's water, energy and minerals minister as well as the finance minister before being appointed foreign minister in 1995.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.