Sheikh Abeid Karume, President of the clove island of Zanzibar, said in an interview in Zanzibar in November that he opposed elections in his country because it would enable exploiters to gain power.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: REPORTER: "Why do you not have elections here, Sheikh Karume, as they do on the mainland?
KARUME: Would you tell us what benefit of elections.
REPORTER: To enable the people to express their view of their government.
KARUME: And other people from outside to interfere in the government of people.
REPORTER: No -- elections among the people.
KARUME: No,no,no, no.
REPORTER: Why not?
KARUME: No,no,no. Elections among other people who want to spoil the country -- they will get power to do something which they want.
REPORTER: Are you aware that Zanzibar under your rule is, for President Nyerere, something of an embarrassment abroad?
KARUME: No, not at all."
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Background: Sheikh Abeid Karume, President of the clove island of Zanzibar, said in an interview in Zanzibar in November that he opposed elections in his country because it would enable exploiters to gain power. Sheikh Karume, who is First Vice President of Tanzania, is head of Zanzibar's partly autonomous Revolutionary Council
In the interview, Sheikh Karume also said he was not aware that his actions embarrassed Tanzanian President Juluis Nyerere whenever he went abroad.
Sheikh Karume also denied reports that young Persian girls in Zanzibar had been forced to marry leading men on the island. He said the marriages took place with the consent of the elder of the young girl. When asked if that meant the girls themselves also gave consent, Sheikh Karume said no, that was not his country's custom or religion.