December 24, 2015 / 6:59 AM / 3 years ago

Former World Bank economist Mpango named Tanzanian finance minister

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has appointed former World Bank economist Philip Mpango as minister for finance and planning, the presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.

Tanzania's President elect John Pombe Magufuli salutes members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party's sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Sadi Said

Mpango is currently acting chief of the Tanzania Revenue Authority, after Magufuli suspended the previous head pending investigations into alleged corruption. He has also headed the presidential Economic Advisory Unit.

Magufuli also appointed Jumanne Maghembe as minister for natural resources and tourism and Makame Mbarawa as minister for works, transport and communications.

Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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