Baird Congratulates Sri Lankans on Successful Presidential Election

Baird Congratulates Sri Lankans on Successful Presidential Election

January 9, 2015 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement regarding the presidential elections in Sri Lanka:
“Canada congratulates the millions of Sri Lankans who went to the polls and peacefully exercised their democratic right to vote. We welcome Maithripala Sirisena as president of Sri Lanka.
“We wish to recognize the key role played by Sri Lankan civil society during the election process, noting that this was the first time that domestic observers were granted access to the counting centres.
“Canada also commends the critical role played by Sri Lanka’s Election Commissioner in creating the conditions for Sri Lankans to freely express their will.
“It is our hope that President Sirisena seizes his mandate from the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government. It will also be an important opportunity to resolve concerns regarding the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation.
“Canada looks forward to this new chapter in Sri Lanka’s history, one of prosperity and unity.”
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