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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 29, 2008


United States Congratulates Maldives on Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Maldives on the successful completion of their first multi-party elections. Today's results mark a historic milestone in the transition to political pluralism for Maldives. This election is the culmination of decades of effort, including four years of work to rewrite the Maldives constitution, introduce a multi-party system, and conduct free and fair elections. The United States commends President Gayoom for bringing greater prosperity and democracy to the people of Maldives. We congratulate President-elect Mohamed Nasheed on his victory and look forward to working together to maintain the strong friendship and cooperation between Maldives and the United States.

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Released on October 29, 2008

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