20 December 2013

Madagascar: Secretary-General Commends People, Government of Madagascar On Run-Off Elections

Photo: Midi Madagasikara
Hery Martial Rokotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina, right, and Richard Jean-Louis Robinson, the two candidates in the second round of the presidential elections. Both candidates have promised to work on national reconciliation if elected.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Madagascar, the Electoral Commission and the Malagasy Government for their active contribution and participation in the holding of today's presidential and legislative elections.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban urged the Malagasy people, the transitional authorities, and all political actors, to continue to maintain the peaceful atmosphere during the vote counting and subsequent announcement of results.

"The United Nations remains committed to supporting the successful conclusion of the Malagasy transition," the statements said, adding that the Secretary-General stresses that the will of the people of Madagascar must be respected.

On 25 October, the UN chief welcomed the generally peaceful holding of the first round of the presidential elections and applauded the support Madagascar had received from its partners both within the region and the wider international community. The UN provided technical assistance to the Electoral Commission.

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