Bhutan congratulated by USA, EU and France for 2013 elections

With the successful conduct of the 2013 General Elections the USA, European Union and France have all sent their greetings to Bhutan.

The statement from the Department of State in USA says, “The United States congratulates the people of Bhutan on their successful July 13 general election, and welcomes Bhutan’s continued democratic progress following its first national elections in 2008. The United States looks forward to working with the new Bhutanese Prime Minister and National Assembly on our shared goals and aspirations for both our peoples.”

The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission said, “The High Representative congratulates the Bhutanese people for their democratic engagement and participation in the general elections of 13 July 2013, through which they have demonstrated their commitment to peace and multi-party democracy, in an important period in the country’s development. “

It said “She takes note of an overall efficient organization of the voting process and the peaceful atmosphere that marked it. Upon invitation by the Bhutanese authorities, the European Union sent an Election Expert Mission to Bhutan.”

“The High Representative recalls that the European Union is a committed partner of Bhutan and looks forward to continue strengthening its relationship and cooperation with this country,” said the statement.

Meanwhile the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “France welcomes the holding, on 13 July 2013, of the second election in Bhutan since the establishment of democracy. The success of this election strengthens democratic progress in that country. France congratulates the Bhutanese people, the electedmembers of parliament and the new prime minister.”

The 2013 General election were declared as being free and fair by international election observers and the international media.

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