Pakistan election is new stage in consolidation of country’s democracy, says Paris

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 1 August 2018

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Pakistan – General election (25 July)

France applauds the mobilization of the Pakistani people who went to the polls to exercise their voting rights despite calls from extremists and incidents that occurred during the electoral process, which will be detailed in the final report by the EU election observation mission.

We strongly condemn the violence that cast a shadow over the electoral process, especially the attacks in Mastung and Quetta, and offer our condolences to the victims’ families.

France congratulates the country’s future leaders and stands ready to begin a constructive relationship with the governing team chosen by Parliament.

For the first time in Pakistan’s history, this election marks the second consecutive transfer of power between two democratically elected governments. It represents a new stage in the consolidation of Pakistani democracy. France will stand by Pakistan as it continues this process and in support of the country’s economic and social development. (…)./.

Published on 02/08/2018

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