France hails the holding of elections in Pakistan: Statement made by the Spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs [fr]
(Paris, 13 May 2013)
France hails the holding of elections in Pakistan on the 11th of May. Those elections were characterized by the strong and brave mobilisation of voters, women and men, who, despite the violence caused by extremist groups, freely chose to express the diversity of their opinions. France conveys its most sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this violence.
An unprecedented number of voters demonstrated the commitment of the Pakistani population to the democratic process. Improvements were noted by the European Union Observation Mission in the organisation of the polls, which allowed for an open competition between political parties.
Along with its partners from the European Union, France supports this democratic process. France wishes for the future government to be able to efficiently fight against terrorism, progress towards a prosperous economy and establish the bases for sustainable stability in the region. With those objectives in mind, France will look forward to collaborating with the new government.