US President Barack Obama

THE United States President, Mr Barack Obama, has congratulated President Jakaya Kikwete for being re-elected for the second term in office in the last month elections.

In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam on Monday, President Obama says he looks forward to working with President Kikwete and members of the 10th Parliament in building on the long, fruitful partnership between the two nations to advance shared development goals and tackle the many global challenges ahead.

“I also wish to extend my congratulations to Zanzibar’s President Ali Mohamed Shein, First Vice-President Seif Sharif Hamad, the new unity government and most especially the Zanzibari people, who have made history by conducting a peaceful contest after years of strife,” says Mr Obama.

He has further commended the people of Tanzania on their continued commitment to a tradition of multiparty contests since it was introduced in the country in 1992.

“When we met at the White House in 2009, I said to President Kikwete the people of the United States support all Tanzanians in your efforts to institutionalise democratic, transparent governance, to realise the full potential of your Union and to ensure that the steps you have taken together toward a lasting peace and prosperity cannot be reversed,” he says.

By DAILY NEWS Reporter, 15th November 2010

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