Bronx, NY—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:

“It has been tragic to see Tanzania, once a promising democracy, slide into autocracy under John Magufuli’s leadership. Wednesday’s election to secure Mr. Magufuli’s second term was marred by fraud and the intimidation of the ruling party’s political opponents, in addition to disruptions to social media and other online communication platforms. I call on Tanzanian security forces to immediately cease violence against members of the political opposition attempting to peacefully protest the conduct of the elections." 

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