Zanzibar

The archipelago is a semiautonomous part of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEOREG000008" title="Eastern Africa" href="/topic/international/eastern-africa-PLGEOREG000008.topic">Tanzania</a> off the East African coast. Zanzibar was independent before it merged with Tanganyika to create <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000096" title="Tanzania" href="/topic/international/tanzania-PLGEO00000096.topic">Tanzania</a>; some groups want it to regain independence. In this photo, a Zanzibari woman waves a flag of Tanzania's main opposition party, the Civic United Front, before elections in 2005.
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The archipelago is a semiautonomous part of Tanzania off the East African coast. Zanzibar was independent before it merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania; some groups want it to regain independence. In this photo, a Zanzibari woman waves a flag of Tanzania's main opposition party, the Civic United Front, before elections in 2005.

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