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By Fumbuka NG'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A former prime minister will open his campaign for the ruling party’s presidential nomination this weekend, an aide said on Wednesday, beginning the race to be next leader of Tanzania. The Chama Cha Mapinduzi party has ruled the east African nation since independence in 1961 and the fractious opposition is not expected to challenge its position in a parliamentary and presidential vote on Oct. 25. Whoever wins the nomination is all but assured of taking office after President Jakaya Kikwete, who stands down this year after serving the maximum two terms.
Britain needs the European Union to agree to amend its founding treaties as part of its renegotiation drive, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday, saying London had to get a substantive deal to persuade voters to stay in the bloc. "The advice we're getting is that we will need Treaty change," he said. Hammond spoke as Prime Minister David Cameron prepared to embark on a two-day tour of European capitals to try to charm other EU leaders into backing his reform plan.
The corruption scandal engulfing FIFA will not overshadow the Under-20 World Cup when it kicks off this weekend in New Zealand, organisers said Thursday. The tournament's organising committee chairman, FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, was among seven people arrested in raids on a Zurich hotel Wednesday. FIFA subsequently suspended Webb from all football-related activity as it grapples with a crisis that has rocked the sport's governing body.