|capital:||Dar es Salaam|
|geographic coordinates:||6 48 S, 39 17 E|
|time difference:||UTC + 3|
|daylight saving time:||NO|
|note:||legislative offices have been transferred to Dodoma, which is planned as the new national capital; the National Assembly now meets there on a regular basis|
Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule came to an end in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition have led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities.