Foreign Minister Westerwelle today (27 July) issued the following statement on the Presidential elections to be held in Mali tomorrow:
“The Presidential elections are a truly important step on the way to restoring the constitutional order and democracy in Mali.
I hope that as many people as possible everywhere in Mali, including the North of the country, will be able to exercise their right to vote, and that the elections will be peaceful.
After the elections, the newly elected President and all with a role to play in Mali will have to concentrate their efforts on the process of national reconciliation and on the political and economic reconstruction of all parts of the country.”
The Presidential elections are being held on Sunday, 28 July. Should the results of the first ballot necessitate a run‑off election, the latter will be held on 11 August.
On 18 June, the Malian Government concluded a preliminary agreement with the Tuareg rebels in Ouagadougou. This agreement was an important step forward in the peace process in Mali and paved the way for the Presidential elections now to be held there.