Burundi eyes increased cooperation with U.S. president-elect Trump

BUJUMBURA, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Burundian ruling party is eying more cooperation with the United States, its party chief Evariste Ndayishimiye said Wednesday at a press conference.

"We hope that new leaders of the United States will know the real and objective situation of Burundi," said Ndayishimiye, secretary general of the Burundian ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD).

Wednesday's victory of Donald Trump as the new U.S. president is a "sign of hope" for the two countries, he said, adding that "it will be an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between Burundi and the United States."

Ndayishimiye congratulated Trump on his election and commended the behavior of Trump's opponent Hilary Clinton, who accepted her defeat in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

"We have drawn a lesson from the U.S. elections. The winner and the loser remain citizens of the same country after all. Burundians should also know that if they lose elections, they do not lose their citizenship," he said.

Earlier, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza welcomed Trump's election as the U.S. president.

"On behalf of the people of Burundi, we warmly congratulate you. Your victory is the victory of all Americans," said Nkurunziza on Twitter.

Meanwhile, political analyst Julien Nimubona pointed out the policy of Republicans is slightly different from that of Democrats.

"Republicans focus on the U.S. internal economy and protecting U.S. interests in other countries. When U.S. interests are endangered, a fight can take place," he said.

Nimubona then said he believes that Trump will appoint successful collaborators who will advise him to adequately rule the country.

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