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Mongolia: Presidential Election


Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 26, 2009

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We wish to congratulate the people of Mongolia on their recent presidential election. In a free and peaceful democratic election on Sunday, May 24, Mongolian voters elected Democratic Party candidate Tshahiagiin Elbegdorj.

We applaud the people and government of Mongolia for conducting Sunday’s election in a fair and transparent manner, in accordance with the Mongolian constitution. Preliminary evaluations of independent observers indicate election problems were minimal, and there have been no reports of election-related violence. This election is a clear demonstration of Mongolia’s continued commitment to democratic reform and represents a real achievement for such a young democracy.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Mongolian government to enhance and deepen the warm relationship between our two countries.


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PRN: 2009/508

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