Jeff Flake - U.S. Senator ~ Arizona

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Flake visits rural polling place in Zimbabwe on July 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today released the following statement on Zimbabwe’s presidential election:

On a recent congressional delegation trip, I sat down with Zimbabwe’s new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. In stark contrast to previous meetings with Zimbabwe’s long-serving strong man, Robert Mugabe, that meeting was substantive, hopeful and forward-looking. President Mnangagwa emphasized the new government’s commitment to transparency and universally accepted standards for free and fair elections. He acknowledged the need to align the electoral law with Zimbabwe’s constitution and noted that Zimbabwe will allow election monitoring by regional and international institutions. The feeling of hope was palpable.

Today, I am back in Zimbabwe. As an official observer of the country’s elections, I have watched eager Zimbabweans line up across dozens of rural villages to cast their votes. Excitement and hope is still in the air. As the ballots are counted and the election results are determined, I urge the Zimbabwean government to remain committed to peaceful, fair, and democratic reform.

Polling place in rural Zimbabwe where Flake will observe the counting of votes