2 November 2009

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes Decision by Afghanistan’s

Independent Election Commission


The following statement was issued by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today:

I welcome today’s decision by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission to forego a run-off vote and to declare Hamid Karzai as the winner of the 2009 presidential elections.  I congratulate President Karzai.

This has been a difficult election process for Afghanistan and lessons must be learned.  Afghanistan now faces significant challenges and the new President must move swiftly to form a Government that is able to command the support of both the Afghan people and the international community.  The United Nations remains committed to providing every support and assistance to the new Government in helping to push forward progress for all peoples of Afghanistan.

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