Statement by Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Presidential Election in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

March 30, 2007

1.   The Government of Japan welcomes the news that Mr. Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi was formally elected as the next President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on March 29 by a democratic election held with fairness and transparency, and that the county’s 19 month-long transition process toward civilian rule has been completed.    

2.   Japan pays respect to the fact that the transition process toward civilian rule, including this election, has been conducted smoothly as scheduled under the provisional government led by Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Chairman of the “Military Council for Justice and Democracy,” and that the people of Mauritania actively participated in the series of elections.  Japan also highly commends the efforts of the countries concerned and international organizations for their cooperation in the transition process.

3.   Japan strongly hopes that the united efforts of the people of Mauritania for their country’s peace and development will produce results at an early date, under the newly-elected President, Mr. Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.