DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Tanzanian Vice President Aboud Jumbe resigned Sunday from all his posts in the government and the ruling party, Radio Dar el Salaam said.
State-run radio gave no reasons for the resignation of Jumbe, president of the former sultanate of Zanzibar, but the announcement came as the national executive of the ruling Revolutionary party was discussing political tensions between Zanzibar and Tanzania.
Tanzania merged with the island of Zanzibar in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania under President Julius Nyerere, whose socialist policies quickly clashed with the free enterprise philosophy of Zanzibar's leaders.
Zanzibar remains one of the world's leading producers of cloves in contrast to the virtual bankruptcy of the mainland economy.
As well as his Tanzanian vice presidency, Jumbe also resigned his posts as chairman of the Zanzibar Revolutionary Council and vice president of the ruling party, Radio Dar es Salaam said.