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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 31, 2005


United States Congratulates the Central African Republic on Its Election

The United States congratulates the people of the Central African Republic for peaceful presidential and legislative elections held on March 13. The United States views the elections as a positive first step in the Central African Republicís progress towards democratic governance.

Voter turnout was high, in the countryís first presidential election in more than five years. This affirmed the strong interest of the Central African people in the election and their commitment to the democratic process.

The parties have pledged to abide by the results of this election and to resolve all disputes through peaceful, legal means. The United States looks forward to a free, fair, and transparent runoff election on May 1.

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