From ISSA YUSSUF in Zanzibar, 2nd November 2011 Daily News ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein marks one year in office on Thursday after he was sworn-in to lead the Government of National Unity (GNU). Celebrations to mark the day which started last Saturday with various activities including rallies and music, climaxes on Thursday with a news conference and Dr Shein is later scheduled to address a public rally at Kibanda-Maiti grounds. Statements from Zanzibar State House said there were so far many achievements to celebrate such as increased transparency, freedom of expression and political stability. "The president is expected to answer questions from journalists after his introductory speech at the State House. We have invited editors from Dar es Salaam," the statement reads. However, the GNU faces some challenges including soaring prices of essential commodities, water and electricity crisis and land disputes. President Shein has repeatedly promised to address the problems and appealed for public patience. Zanzibar formed a unity government after an agreement was reached between CCM and Civic United Front (CUF) in November, last year in efforts to end a decade of political crisis in the islands.