High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique

President Nyusi congratulates Joe Biden

Maputo, 8 Nov (AIM) – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on 8 November congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their election as President and Vice President-elect of the United States.

In a message published on his Facebook page, President Nyusi said “we forecast a Presidency full of successes for you”.

He noted that Kamala Harris has become the first woman to be elected Vice-President of the US, which he described as “a historic fact which strengthens the need to bank on the promotion of women”.

The United States, said President Nyusi, “is a strategic partner of Mozambique, and we are sure that our cooperation will remain firm, and, as always, will work in favour of our two peoples”.

Biden’s victory became clear on Saturday afternoon (southern African time) when it became clear that he had won more than the necessary 270 delegates in the Electoral College. When reputable news media, notably the Associated Press, called the state of Pennsylvania, with its 20 Electoral College votes, for Biden, it was clear that the game was over. An additional six votes from Nevada, gave Biden 290 Electoral College votes, compared with only 214 for President Donald Trump.

The outcome in two states remains uncertain, but Biden looks set to take Georgia where, with 99 per cent of the vote counted, he has a slim lead of slightly more than 10,000 votes over Trump. There is an outside chance that Biden will also take North Carolina. But the latest results available give Trump a 75,000 majority in this state.

In terms of the popular vote, as of Sunday afternoon, Biden had a lead of well over four million votes. He had 75.2 million votes to Trump’s 70.8 million. That gap can only widen since most of the states with large numbers of votes still to be counted are strongholds of Biden’s Democratic Party.

Thus in California, so far only 66 per cent of the vote has been counted, and in New York only 78 per cent. Most of these missing votes are likely to be for Biden. He already has the largest number of votes ever cast for a presidential candidate in a US election.