Pakistan – Elections (May 11, 2013)
France welcomes the holding of elections in Pakistan on May 11. They were marked by the strong and courageous mobilization of the voters, who, despite violence on the part of extremist groups, freely expressed the diversity of their opinions. France extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the violence.
Through unprecedented voter turnout, the Pakistani people demonstrated their support for the democratic process. The EU observer mission noted an improvement in the organizational arrangements for the election, allowing open competition between the political parties.
Together with its EU partners, France supports this democratic process. It hopes that the new government that will be formed will be able to effectively combat terrorism, contribute to a more prosperous economy and lay the foundations for lasting stability in the region. With this in mind, France will cooperate with this new government.