The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General commends the peaceful holding of the elections in the Central African Republic on 14 February and takes note of the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential elections. He congratulates presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadéra for his victory according to the provisional results. The Secretary-General also extends his appreciation to presidential candidate Anicet Dologuele for the spirit of statesmanship demonstrated through his concession speech.
The Secretary-General calls on all political leaders and national stakeholders to continue to maintain the constructive atmosphere and for all actors to maintain their commitments in line with the electoral code of conduct. The Secretary-General calls on the transitional authorities to complete the electoral process through the timely holding of the second round of the legislative elections. The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue providing its full support to the transitional authorities to ensure the completion of the political transition process by 31 March.