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Elections in Haiti

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
February 9, 2006

Haitian electoral workers count ballots for the Senate in the morning after election day at a polling station in the Petionville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006. [©AP/WWP]I congratulate the Haitian people for demonstrating their commitment to democracy by voting in large numbers on February 7. Haitians can take great pride in the success of these elections. I also applaud the Interim Government of Haiti, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), the United Nations, MINUSTAH and the Organization of American States for organizing this successful election and assisting the people of Haiti to freely elect their leaders.

It is important that Haitiís citizens and political parties respect the final results when they are announced and support the democratic process as Haiti moves from an interim government to an elected one. We will continue to support the people of Haiti as they progress toward a transparent and stable democracy.

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