African leaders welcome Biden election win, hope for better relations with US

African nations have rallied behind Biden as the president-elect of the US, with congratulatory messages pouring in from leaders across the continent for both Biden and US vice-president-elect Kamala Harris.

FILE: US President-elect Joe Biden holds up his fist after delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on 7 November 2020, after being declared the winners of the presidential election. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - African leaders have welcomed Joe Biden's electoral victory in the US elections, expressing hope that his win will boost trade and other relations between the continent and the United States.

Biden defeated Donald Trump to become the 46th US president, unseating the incumbent with a pledge to unify and mend a nation reeling from the worsening coronavirus pandemic and deep political divisions.

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There are hopes that Biden can adopt policies that will restore cooperative links with the continent and the rest of the world.

African nations have rallied behind Biden as the president-elect of the US, with congratulatory messages pouring in from leaders across the continent for both Biden and US vice-president-elect Kamala Harris.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was among world leaders to applaud the presidential election winner when he wished Biden success in leading the American people and growing cooperation between the two nations.

He was joined by the leaders of regional neighbors in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari also congratulated Biden "on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs".

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that he was looking forward to working closely with Biden and Harris.

Relations between Ethiopia and the US have been at their lowest recently after the Trump administration blocked a $130 million aid package.

Experts said that Trump ignored Africa for much of his term, occasionally blasting its leaders.

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