25 March 2014

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

Commending Conduct of Maldives Ballot, Secretary-General Underlines


Need for Leaders to Strengthen Institutions


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

The Secretary-General welcomes the timely holding of the parliamentary election in the Maldives, which international observers have assessed as peaceful, orderly, and well administered.

The Secretary-General encourages the governing coalition to reach out to the opposition and to lead the country in the interest of all its citizens.  He underlines the need for political leaders to work together and reach agreement on strengthening democratic institutions and enhancing the rule of law.

The United Nations will continue its support to development and democratic progress in the Maldives.

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