A newly amended version of the Political Parties Act allows for stricter state control of political parties, a development that critics of President John Magufuli say is part of an effort to return the country to “one-party rule.” Reuters reported that changes to the act “give a government-run registrar sweeping powers to de-register parties and provide for up to a year in jail for anyone engaging in unauthorized civic education—for example, a voter registration drive.” Loveworld Current Affairs has reported extensively on Magufuli’s authoritarian tendencies, including his crackdown on the press and how he has undermined women’s rights.