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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Issues Statement Marking South African Election

May 8, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement on South Africa’s sixth national democratic election.

"Congratulations to South Africa on 25 years of democracy after the fall of the apartheid regime. But like any young democracy, the country has some challenges. The racial disparities and wealth divide are important issues that the country must confront. This election has the potential to invigorate the nation and set it back on a path of being a pillar of the continent. As millions of South Africans cast their votes, I am hopeful it will be peaceful and the election results will be the choice of the people."