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Torch in peaceful Tanzania relay

Runner carries torch through Dar es Salaam (13 April 2008)
The Tanzania leg was the only stop on the African continent for the torch

The torch for the Beijing Olympics has completed an incident-free relay run in Tanzania, bringing respite from its so-far troubled world tour.

The torch went on a shortened relay in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam amid tight security.

A cabinet minister and a UN under-secretary general joined about 80 athletes amid heavy rain.

Thousands of protesters angry over Tibet and China's human rights record have dogged the route on other legs.

'Rare opportunity'

The torch was lit in Dar es Salaam by Vice-President Ali Mohamed Shein and passed to minister Mohamed Seif Khatib, who led the team.

UN under-secretary general and executive director of UN-Habitat Anna Tibaijuka also carried the torch, on its shortened 5km (3 mile) route.

About 1,000 people marched alongside the team, waving Olympic flags and chanting slogans of support.

People following the torch relay wade through a flooded street

Mr Shein said: "I am excited that Tanzania is the only country out of 53 African nations to host the relay. This is a rare opportunity for our nation and a challenge for the government and the people to promote sports."

The BBC's Daniel Dickinson in Dar es Salaam says the Chinese are generally welcome in Tanzania and it was no coincidence the relay passed the Tanzania-Zambia railway, which was constructed with Chinese support in the 1970s, and ended at the recently built national stadium, which was also funded by China.

One controversy that did hit the Tanzanian leg was the withdrawal of Kenyan Nobel peace prize winner Wangari Maathai, who said the Olympic flame had now become a symbol of disunity.

The torch's journeys through Paris, London and San Francisco were all disrupted by heavy protests. Its next destination is Oman in the Middle East on Sunday night.

OLYMPIC TORCH ROUTE
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Torch lit in Olympia on 24 March and taken on five-day relay around Greece to Athens
After handover ceremony, taken to Beijing on 31 March to begin a journey of 136,800 km (85,000 miles) around the world
Torch arrives in Macau on 3 May. After three-month relay all around China, it arrives in Beijing for opening ceremony on 8 August





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