US vice-president lauds Tanzania democracy reforms – Capital Radio Malawi
15 April, 2024

US vice-president lauds Tanzania democracy reforms

US Vice-President Kamala Harris has lauded Tanzania’s reforms aimed at strengthening the East African nation’s democracy.

Her host, President Samia Suluhu Hassan, described the visit as a milestone for her country.

Harris is in the second leg of her Africa tour which began in Ghana and will conclude in Zambia over the weekend.

With colourful traditional dances, Tanzanians welcomed Harris to their country. Buses in the seaside city of Dar es Salaam were draped in her pictures.

It’s a rare visit by a senior American official. Many see it as an endorsement of President Samia’s reforms.

Since taking over from the controversial John Magufuli, who died two years ago, she has lifted a ban on opposition rallies and encouraged press freedom. Exiled politicians have returned home.

Harris described the decisions as important and meaningful steps that have helped expand the two countries’ partnership.

She announced $560m (£451m) in support to boost trade with Tanzania and strengthen democracy.

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