- President John Magufuli was a popular choice for president of Tanzania
- But he has launched a series of attacks on media, judiciary and political opponents
- Magufuli is also taking on international mining companies
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(CNN)There were scarcely any hints of the tumultuous years that would follow the swearing-in of Dr. John Pombe Magufuli on 5th November 2015 as Tanzania's fifth president. After all, his Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party had been in power for decades, and his victory seemed to herald continuity with the past.