Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Presidential Elections in the United Republic of Tanzania

December 20, 2005

  1. On December 20 (Tue), the National Electoral Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania announced the final results of the presidential elections held on the 14th (Wed), which says that the victory of H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has been formally confirmed. The international election monitors have expressed that the elections were carried out, overall, in a peaceful, transparent and democratic manner. The two election-monitoring staff dispatched by the Government of Japan also reported that the elections were conducted in a liberal and fair manner on the whole in the areas they had observed.
  2. The Government of Japan sincerely congratulates President Kikwete on his victory in the elections and also pays tribute to the accomplishments of H.E. Mr. Benjamin William Mkapa, the former president who greatly contributed to the democratization and socio-economic development of the country during his ten-year term.
  3. Japan has traditionally enjoyed an excellent bilateral relationship with Tanzania and has been supporting Tanzania's own efforts for nation building through democratization and economic development. Japan hopes that Tanzania will strengthen such efforts under its new President Kikwete and will further promote its friendly and cooperative relationship with Japan.
  4. The presidential inauguration ceremony will be held on December 21 (Wed) where Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of the House of Councillors, is scheduled to attend as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan.

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