Bujumbura, Burundi - Following the legislative elections that took place in Burundi on 4 July 2005, Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, expressed his satisfaction with the smooth conduct of the elections, the first such polls in 12 years. He has also congratulated all Burundians and encourages them to steer the course and thus successfully complete the electoral process.
The people of Burundi have just voted massively in a free, calm and peaceful atmosphere and thereby shown a high sense of civic responsibility and political maturity.
The Secretary-General urges all Burundian men and women to do everything to preserve the achievements of peace which have, today, allowed for the holding of free and transparent elections as acknowledged by the international community.
Lastly, he congratulates the Government and political circles of Burundi, the international and regional communities and the local United Nations Mission, ONUB, for their respective roles in achieving this feat.
Isabelle ABRIC, Chef, Information Publique/
Chief, Public Information
Penangnini TOURE, Porte-parole/ Spokesperson
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