U.S. Concerned About Electoral Situation in Zanzibar

Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC

January 29, 2016

The United States regrets the decision of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission to announce a date for a new election on Zanzibar without achieving an inclusive, negotiated agreement on the way forward.

We call on the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and President Magufuli to fully engage all parties to reach a prompt, peaceful, and inclusive solution on Zanzibar. Such a solution would be necessary to allow U.S. observation of any electoral process.

We urge all parties to exercise restraint, and to come together in a spirit of unity and compromise. Zanzibaris – and all Tanzanians – deserve a solution to the current impasse that respects the will of the voters, and reflects Tanzania’s strong commitment to democratic principles.