"That's a pretty strong marker," he said. "That's not a statement that necessarily will be welcomed I think, from a certain number of African governments. A drive for improved government is important. It's not necessarily something that's going to win widespread and warm reception in Africa."
Mr. Bellamy said he was struck by a presidential statement accompanying the policy document that the "United States will not stand idly by when actors threaten legitimately elected governments or manipulate the fairness or integrity of electoral processes and will stand in steady partnership with those who are committed to the principles of equality, justice and the rule of law."