MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Government must stop repression against opposition
In Tanzania, the population will be asked to take part in presidential and parliamentary elections on October 28th. The foreign policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Jürgen Hardt, and the development policy spokesman Volkmar Klein explain:
Jürgen Hardt: “Tanzania is currently associated with the devastating fires on Kilimanjaro. But there will be elections there on October 28th. There are now increasing signals that systematic action has been taken against the political opposition, especially against the Chadema party and its promising candidate Tundu Lissu, in recent weeks. A rigged election in Tanzania would be a huge burden for the entire region of East Africa. Free, fair and transparent elections, on the other hand, create stability and are more important than ever now. It is important to overcome the corona pandemic and contribute to economic recovery.
As the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, we call on the Tanzanian government very clearly to stop the repression and targeted attacks on the opposition and to enable free and fair elections. The Federal Government should also clearly advocate this and ensure a unified European voice within the framework of the EU Council Presidency. “
Volkmar Klein: “Tanzania is of particular importance for the stability and development of the whole of East Africa. Because it is an important engine of economic dynamism. It is not for nothing that Tanzania is an important partner country of German development policy and will remain so after the “BMZ 2030” reform. But the political prerequisites must also be created for this. We cannot accept reprisals against the opposition. Presidential candidate Tundu Lissu has seen a protracted recovery process since he was assassinated in September 2017. It is clear that the young Tanzanian population in particular has high hopes for Lissu, who advocates reforms and focuses on future issues.
For us as the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, there is no question that the Tanzanian population must be able to decide on their political office holders in free, fair elections in accordance with international standards. Continuing repression must also have consequences for our cooperation with Tanzania. “
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