In a video message, President Barack Obama tells the people of Kenya that the upcoming elections are a historic opportunity for Kenyans to stand together, as a nation, for peace and progress, and for the rule of law.

Statement by the President on Timor-Leste’s Election

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 23, 2012

I congratulate Taur Matan Ruak on his victory in Timor-Leste’s presidential election and the people of Timor-Leste for successfully participating in a peaceful, free, and transparent election.  I also recognize with deep appreciation President José Ramos Horta for his close friendship with the United States during his presidency, and look forward to continuing that productive relationship with Taur Matan Ruak.  

Our partnership with Timor-Leste is fundamental and enduring.  It is based on shared values of democracy, freedom, and human rights.  The United States remains steadfast in its support of Timor-Leste’s efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and consolidate peace and security in the country.    

Interim President of Mali Sworn-in

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 12, 2012

The United States welcomes the April 12 inauguration of Diouncounda Traore as interim President of Mali to head a transition government tasked with organizing elections. We commend the leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in working to restore civilian rule to Mali and its ongoing efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the north. We support these positive steps forward in the political transition process, and we urge all parties to facilitate the swift and complete restoration of civilian rule through free and fair elections.

We are deeply concerned about reports of human rights violations in the north. We strongly condemn all looting and violence, including violence against humanitarian and diplomatic missions and sexual and gender-based violence. The United States and the international community remind all parties of their obligations under international law, which holds combatants and their commanders to account for acts of conflict-related sexual violence and acts of aggression. We urge all armed groups to cease-fire, respect human rights, engage in dialogue with Mali’s civilian government, and allow assistance to reach populations in need unhindered.

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Elections in Burma

We congratulate the people of Burma on their participation in the electoral process, and Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy on their strong showing in the polls. This election is an important step in Burma’s democratic transformation, and we hope it is an indication that the Government of Burma intends to continue along the path of greater openness, transparency, and reform.