Speaking following the referendum on 31 July. Mr Bellingham said:
“I welcome the decision by the voters of Zanzibar to pave the way for a coalition government in Zanzibar after the October elections. We congratulate President Karume and CUF Secretary General Seif Hamad for their historic work to overcome decades of political confrontation in Zanzibar, and commend President Kikwete’s vision and efforts over the years to achieve this end.
We wish Zanzibar every success as it continues down the road of political partnership.”