Presidential Elections in Mali: Statement by Foreign Minister Westerwelle
Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement today in response to the first round of Mali’s presidential elections:
"I am relieved that the election was largely peaceful and went by without any major security incidents.
It seems that voter turnout was high, demonstrating the Malian people’s strong desire to support the democratic fresh start.
What is important now is that the election process be concluded in an orderly fashion. Above all, there needs to be transparency and accountability in the way the votes are counted."