Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has spoken following the elections which were held in Tanzania on 31 October.
“I congratulate the people of Tanzania on their largely peaceful multi-party elections which were proof of the growing maturity of Tanzanian democracy.
I acknowledge the findings of the EU and Commonwealth Election Observation Missions which noted that the elections are a step forward for Tanzania, but also that there were some irregularities and lessons to be learnt. I very much welcome President Kikwete’s commitment in his inaugural address to take these points into account in the conduct of future elections.
I congratulate President Kikwete on his re-election as President of the United Republic of Tanzania, and I hope that under his leadership Tanzania will continue to be a model of peaceful development and stability. The UK looks forward to building on its strong relationship with Tanzania, and we will work together to advance prosperity and security throughout Africa.”