Tanzania opposition leader released on bail following illegal gathering arrest


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, Lissu was held for interviewing before being released. According to the , Lissu was held for interviewing before being released.Since returning from exile earlier this year after a 2017 assassination attempt, Lissu has hosted multiple political rallies and was set to hold another after his arrest. Lissu is the vice-chairman of CHADEMA – the largest opposition party in Tanzania. He advocates for democracy and opposes authoritarianism. In an interview published by the Council on Foreign Relations in March 2021, Lissu stated:releasedTanzania has needed a new constitutional order for a long time, and the introduction of multi-party democracy in 1992 made calls for reform louder, but not many people took reformers seriously.arrestedLissu’s decision to return to Tanzania was at least in part due to police statementPresident Samia Suluhu Hassan’s

decision in January 2023 to lift a ban on political assemblies by opposition parties. Former President John Magufuli imposed the ban, which lasted six years. However, Part II of the 1988 Tanzania Parliamentary Immunities, Powers and Privileges Act protects the freedom of members to hold meetings in constituencies.