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Press Statement (Revised)
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 16, 2005


Ethiopian Elections

The United States welcomes the conclusion of Ethiopia’s landmark parliamentary elections, the results of which were certified on September 5 and the September 15 conclusions of the Carter Center concerning the credibility of the elections.

These elections stand out as a milestone in creating a new, more competitive multi-party political system in one of Africa’s largest and most important countries. Because reported election irregularities raised concerns about transparency, we will work with the international community and the Ethiopian government and parties to strengthen the electoral process.

We strongly urge all the political parties to participate in the political process and to play responsible roles as the elected representatives of the Ethiopian people. The governing Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has the responsibility to reach out to the opposition parties to ensure their full involvement in governance.

We call on all newly elected members of parliament to take their seats, and to serve under Ethiopia’s constitution. We urge the Ethiopian government and all political parties to address the deficiencies in the electoral process, to avoid violence, and to cooperate in advancing democracy in Ethiopia.

2005/867


Released on September 16, 2005

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