While America democracy hangs in the balance following the inconclusive elections, the Trump administration has weighed in on the importance of free and fair elections—in Africa despite the fact that the president himself declared premature victory and later alleging electoral fraud.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the U.S. was “deeply concerned by reports of election irregularities, politically motivated arrests, and violence” in a warning to Tanzania.
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‘’We are deeply concerned by reports of election irregularities, politically motivated arrests, and violence during Tanzania’s elections last week. We urge authorities to fully address concerns of irregularities and will review allegations of the use of force against civilians.’’
On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in the Ivory Coast tweeted a similar warning, asking leaders there to “show commitment to the democratic process and the rule of law” and to “engage in inclusive dialogue to find peaceful solutions to their disagreements and to heal national divisions.” The embassy went on to suggest that the country’s leaders “renew dialogue to preserve social cohesion and to take the necessary steps to guarantee inclusion to create a climate of confidence capable of guaranteeing peace and stability.”