United States Director of Press Relations Office and Acting Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau Statement
August 15, 2016
Results of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Zambia
The United States welcomes the Zambian citizens’ democratic spirit which was characterized in voting on August 11th.
We congratulate President-elect Edgar Lungu and call on all candidates to show leadership in respecting the official results as announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. We encourage all Zambians to maintain the good conduct exhibited during the vote, and if they have objections to the results, to use the approved legal mechanisms for peaceful redress.
We do note the statements by many of the international election observer missions which highlighted concerns with the pre-electoral environment, specifically increased violence and restrictions on freedom of press and assembly. We hope that the government will address these concerns in the context of future elections to strengthen Zambian democracy.
We have a strong partnership with Zambia and with the Zambian people. We look forward to advancing our shared interests.