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Minister for Africa "welcomes final result" in Zanzibar elections

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"I hope that these elections will come to represent a new beginning for Zanzibar" said Foreign Office Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham.

“I congratulate the people of Zanzibar on their elections. I welcome the peaceful conduct and high turnout, which inspire confidence in Zanzibar’s democratic future. I also note allegations of certain irregularities, however, which are regrettable. Nonetheless, I welcome the final result.

The peaceful nature of these elections and the formation of a Government of National Unity are historic steps for Zanzibar and I congratulate both sides for the roles they have played. I particularly commend Mr Hamad for the leadership he has shown in recent days, which has been instrumental in ensuring a peaceful outcome.

I hope that these elections will come to represent a new beginning for Zanzibar, and I wish President Shein and Mr Hamad well as they embark on the implementation of a Government of National Unity.”