Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 26, 2009

We wish to congratulate the people of Mongolia on their recent presidential election. In a free and peaceful democratic election on Sunday, May 24, Mongolian voters elected Democratic Party candidate Tshahiagiin Elbegdorj.

We applaud the people and government of Mongolia for conducting Sunday’s election in a fair and transparent manner, in accordance with the Mongolian constitution. Preliminary evaluations of independent observers indicate election problems were minimal, and there have been no reports of election-related violence. This election is a clear demonstration of Mongolia’s continued commitment to democratic reform and represents a real achievement for such a young democracy.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Mongolian government to enhance and deepen the warm relationship between our two countries.

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PRN: 2009/508