The United States congratulates the people of Mali for their enthusiastic participation in the first round of Presidential elections on July 28. We commend the interim government for holding transparent, inclusive elections. Though domestic and international observers witnessed minor technical difficulties, voting took place peacefully throughout Mali with high voter turnout.
We encourage transparency and patience as votes are tallied and results announced and urge candidates to resolve any disputes through the appropriate legal mechanisms. This election represents an important step in Mali’s return to constitutional order and allows for progress toward national reconciliation. The United States will remain a committed partner as Mali takes further steps toward long-term peace, security, and development.