Canada Welcomes Peaceful Presidential and Legislative Elections in Madagascar

Canada today issued the following statement on the conduct of elections in Madagascar: 

“Canada congratulates the people of Madagascar for exercising their democratic right to vote peacefully in the presidential and legislative elections of December 20th. These elections represent a first step in moving beyond the political impasse that has existed since the coup in 2009.

“Canada acknowledges the electoral observation efforts of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the European Union, and La Francophonie.

“Canada urges all political parties and security forces, as well as the general population to exercise restraint as they await election results.

“Canada encourages all parties to establish a stable, representative and accountable government that will work to re-establish the conditions of democracy, human rights, rule of law and economic development in Madagascar."