Obama calls peaceful transition of power in Sri Lanka, symbol of hope for democracy around the world

Statement | Published on January 10, 2015 at 5:23 am
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ON THE ELECTION IN SRI LANKA

obamaOn behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the successful and peaceful conclusion of Sri Lanka’s presidential election and incoming President Maithripala Sirisena on his victory. I also commend the outgoing administration of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for facilitating a swift and orderly transition of power. Beyond the significance of this election to Sri Lanka, it is also a symbol of hope for those who support democracy all around the world.

International and domestic monitors and observers were permitted to do their jobs. Sri Lankans from all segments of society cast their ballots peacefully, and the voice of the people was respected. At this moment of hope, the United States looks forward to deepening its partnership with the people and government of Sri Lanka and to working with President Sirisena to advance peace, democracy, and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

09 January 2015


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Obama calls peaceful transition of power in Sri Lanka, symbol of hope for democracy around the world

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ON THE ELECTION IN SRI LANKA On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on ...