African State leaders have conveyed their support and contentment over the news of Joe Biden’s victory for the seat of President of the United States of America. After Biden takes on his new role in 2021, he will become the nation’s 46th President, with the distinction of being the Presidential candidate to garner more popular votes in the country’s democratic history, and also the oldest person to ever fill the coveted position in the White House.
A generally optimistic and hopeful sentiment could be felt across the world as the news of Mr. Biden’s victory broke. In Africa, this could be illustrated by the continent’s State leaders who voiced their support and congratulated the former Vice President for his win over Donald Trump in his bid for reelection.
Macky Sall, the President of the Republic of Senegal, was one of the very first Heads of State to express his satisfaction, highlighting the two countries “excellent friendly cooperation relations with the United States of America.”
My warmest congratulations to @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on their victory. Senegal is looking forward to continuing its excellent friendly and cooperation relations with the United States of America.
— Macky Sall (@Macky_Sall) November 7, 2020
Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has said he is “hopeful that over the course of his (Biden’s) presidency, relations between Ghana and the United States of America will continue to grow from strength to strength, relations which have, over the years, been based on a shared agenda of freedom, development, progress and prosperity.” He also extended his congratulations to the now Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris, the first woman and first black woman to ever fill this role in American history.
On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend my warmest congratulations to the President-Elect of the United States of America, Vice President @JoeBiden, on his decisive victory in the elections of 3rd November 2020. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/qIWFjzYg9D
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) November 7, 2020
Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, sent over his congratulations to the victors, stating that Ethiopia looks forward to working closely the new government.
Other African Heads of State have since reacted positively to the news (see tweets below), and Africa in its majority seem to acknowledge this result as a good turnaround in the tides of diplomacy, democracy and world peace.
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa
Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria
Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means. pic.twitter.com/srv3PP6LBz
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 7, 2020
Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia
On behalf of the people of Zambia, I look forward to continued warm relations between our country and the United States of America under your leadership.
— Edgar Chagwa Lungu (@EdgarCLungu) November 7, 2020
Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia
I congratulate @JoeBiden on his victory. During our struggle for freedom, we came to know him as a Senator who opposed apartheid in South Africa and the region. I look forward to working with @JoeBiden for stronger bilateral relations and multilateralism for a fairer world.
— Hage G. Geingob (@hagegeingob) November 7, 2020