The U.S. Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, on Friday lauded the smooth conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Tanzania.
Kerry said in a statement by the Africa Media Hub of the U.S. Department of State, that the outcome of the elections had further reaffirmed Tanzania’s strong democratic record.
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the U.S., I congratulate the people of the United Republic of Tanzania on their presidential and parliamentary elections.
“The outcome of the elections has again reaffirmed Tanzania’s strong democratic record,’’ it said.
The statement also commended outgoing president Kikwete on his effort at building a strong and enduring relationship between the U.S. and Tanzania.
The U.S. government in the statement also expressed its willingness to work with the newly-elected president, John Magufuli.
“As President, John Magufuli and his administration assume their responsibilities, we look forward to continuing our close partnership and strengthening further ties between our two countries.
“We will work together to support democratic traditions, promote regional security, and continue to spur economic development in Tanzania.