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Cablegate: Zanzibar Legislature Votes for Unity Government

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 06 DAR ES SALAAM 000099

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SUBJECT: ZANZIBAR LEGISLATURE VOTES FOR UNITY GOVERNMENT

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(ii) Principally, the House accepts that there is a need for
conducting a referendum to directly solicit citizen consent to the
proposal for the establishment of the Government of National Unity
in Zanzibar and in determining its structure.

(iii) The proposed structure is that of having an Executive
President who shall be a person who has won the most votes in the
Presidential Election, assisted by two Vice Presidents. The first
Vice President shall be appointed from a Political Party attaining
the second position in the presidential election. The Second Vice
President shall come from the party of the President and shall serve
as the governmentQs leader in the House of Representatives, and
he/she shall be the one taking over the Presidency upon the
occurrence of an unfortunate event.

(iv) The House of Representatives agrees that under this structure,
the President shall appoint Ministers from among Members of the
House of Representatives in proportionality to the constituency
seats their political parties hold in the House of Representatives.

(v) The House of Representatives emphasizes that the formulated
Government of National Unity shall respect and value the principles
of the January 12th, 1964 Revolution of Zanzibar.

(vi) The House accepts that the President shall have a
constitutional authority to reprimand any person within the
government of national unity who will be seen/found to be
deliberately frustrating efficient and effective execution of the
functions of the Government.

(vii) As soon as possible, the Government should submit to the House
of Representative a proposed Bill for the Amendment of the Zanzibar
Electoral Act (No. 11 of 1984), with a view to put in place
procedures, terms and conditions for conducting a referendum, as
well as giving the Zanzibar Electoral Commission mandate to
supervise and conduct a referendum on important issues that require
peopleQs consent or decision.

(viii) If the people of Zanzibar through the referendum consent to
the formulation of the Government of National Unity, the Government
should prepare and present to the House of Representatives a Bill
for the Amendment of the Constitution of Zanzibar to align it with
peoplesQ decision/wishes. The amendment shall focus on articles of
constitution that will need to be changed to accommodate the new
form of government, including articles 9, 39 and 42.

(ix) The House of Representatives resolves to take Regional
Commissioners out of politics (i.e. they shall not be members of the
House of Representatives) and that they shall be appointed by the
President at his/her own discretion.

(x) The House of Representatives agrees that the procedure for the
appointment of District Commissioners should as it is at the
moment.

(xi) The House of Representatives approves the formulation of a six
member committee Q three from the Government and three from the
opposition- to oversee the implementation of this resolution to its
completion.

(xii) The amendment of the Election Act, the referendum soliciting
people's consent, and Constitutional amendment should the people
approve the formulation of the Government of a National Unity,
should be done before the 2010 general election.

LENHARDT

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