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NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN AFRICA

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Tanzania celebrates Independence Day on 9th December each year. On this date in 1961, the East African nation of Tanganyika gained independence from Great Britain. In 1964, Tanganyika united with several islands in the Indian Ocean, including Zanzibar and Pemba, to form the United Republic of Tanzania. The official website (as of February 2007) of the Tanzanian Government gives all the facts: “The United Republic of Tanzania is located in Eastern Africa between longitude 29º and 41º East, Latitude 1º and 12º South.” “The United Republic of Tanzania was formed out of the union of two sovereign states namely Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Tanganyika became a sovereign state on 9th December, 1961 and became a Republic the following year. Zanzibar became independent on 10th December, 1963 and the People’s Republic of Zanzibar was established after the revolution of 12th January, 1964. The two sovereign republics formed the United Republic of Tanzania on 26th April, 1964. However, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania is a unitary republic consisting of the Union Government and the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government.”

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