Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Situation in the Republic of Madagascar
August 23, 2013
1. The Malagasy Special Electoral Court (CES) finalizes the list of presidential candidates, and the Malagasy Independent National Electoral Commission of the Transition (CENI-T) sets the new dates for presidential and parliamentary elections. These are important steps toward overcoming the country’s political crisis. Japan highly appreciates and welcomes this development.
2. Japan strongly hopes that credible, free, fair and transparent elections will be carried out peacefully on the new dates, and that a new administration that reflects the consensus of the Malagasy citizens will be launched promptly, in accordance with the established roadmap to resolve the political crisis.
3. Japan plans to continue to support the efforts of those concerned toward implementing the roadmap and holding these elections.
Note: Election support for Madagascar undertaken by Japan
For the purpose of supporting these presidential and parliamentary elections, Japan provided the equivalent of approximately 101 million yen — contributed via the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) — in support in order to strengthen the capabilities of the CENI-T and provide election-related materials.