The United States commends the Malagasy people for exercising their civil and political rights in Madagascar’s November 16 presidential elections.  The United States reaffirms its commitment to work cooperatively with President-elect Rajoelina, the government, and the people of Madagascar for the development of the country and in support of respect for human rights for every individual.

We further commend the government and the people of Madagascar for ensuring that election day was calm and peaceful in most locations.  However, the electoral process raised some serious concerns that must be addressed for the peace and future well-being of the nation.  Many stakeholders, including Malagasy citizens and both domestic and international election observers, noted irregularities in the electoral process.  Further, most recommendations made following the 2018 and 2019 elections remain outstanding.

We strongly urge the National Independent Elections Commission to take action to address these deficiencies and call on Malagasy authorities to thoroughly investigate all irregularities and allegations of fraud, implement needed reforms highlighted by international and domestic observers, and address the needs and wishes of the citizens of Madagascar.

The United States calls upon Madagascar to show commitment to the democratic process, its constitution, and the rule of law.  The Malagasy people deserve and expect free and fair elections, held peacefully, as well as good governance.  We urge the government to increase confidence in its institutions and ensure the integrity of future elections.

The United States condemns all violence and urges the Malagasy people to address any election-related grievances through Madagascar’s established legal processes.

U.S. Department of State

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