Canada Congratulates Tanzania on Recent Elections

(No. 357 - November 9, 2010 - 9:15 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement welcoming the results of the October 31, 2010, presidential and parliamentary elections in Tanzania:

“Canada congratulates President Jakaya Kikwete on his victory, and we wish him a productive second term in office.

“We applaud the people of Tanzania on holding largely peaceful yet competitive elections that allowed for freedom of expression, association, movement and assembly.

“In particular, we commend the political parties of Zanzibar for accepting peacefully the results of the very close race and for being willing to move forward with the power-sharing government of national unity, as was envisioned in the successful July referendum.

“Tanzania remains a key partner for Canada in Africa, and we welcome the country’s achievements to date in its evolution toward a vibrant multi-party democracy.”

Canada contributed significantly to this election by providing funding through the Canadian International Development Agency to the UN Development Programme’s Election Support Project in Tanzania, and to the Commonwealth Secretariat so that it could send an observer group to monitor the elections. Four staff members of the Canadian High Commission in Dar es Salaam also served as observers within the EU election observation mission.

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