Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Election of the President of the Central African Republic

May 26, 2005

  1. The Independent Mixed Electoral Commission (CEMI) announced on May 24 that Mr. François Bozizé was elected President of the Central African Republic as a result of the presidential elections held in the country on March 13 and May 8.
  2. The Government of Japan values the general respect shown for democratic procedures in these elections, and the efforts of the supporting countries involved and international organizations including the United Nations.
  3. The Government of Japan, while watching closely the situation in the Central African Republic, strongly hopes that the people of that country, whose political situation had been unstable for many years, will unite for the peace and stability of the nation, and that the country will develop into a democratic state and continue to deepen its democracy, so as to contribute to the realization and maintenance of the peace and stability of the region of Central Africa.

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