Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 27, 2014
Woman Casts Her Vote in Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections

Yesterday’s parliamentary vote in Ukraine represents another important milestone in the country's democratic development. In a statement, President Barack Obama said, "On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Ukraine on holding successful parliamentary elections on October 26. Despite a challenging security environment in certain regions, millions of Ukrainians turned out across the country to cast their ballots in an orderly and peaceful manner. I commend the Government of Ukraine for the conduct of the campaign and election day vote, which international monitoring organizations assess to have been largely in line with international standards."

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to congratulate the Ukrainian people for holding successful elections in accordance with democratic electoral standards. The Vice President also noted his planned travel to Ukraine the week of November 17.

Secretary of State John Kerry also offered his best wishes to the Ukrainian people.  The Secretary said, "I join President Obama in congratulating Ukraine on successful parliamentary elections. The people of Ukraine have spoken, and they have again chosen to chart the course of democracy, reform, and European integration."

Secretary Kerry continued, "...The United States stands ready to work with Ukraine’s President, new government, and Verkhovna Rada to continue to promote reform and an accountable judiciary to fight corruption, pursue a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the east, and oppose the occupation of Crimea."

President Obama affirmed that the United States will "continue to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as it works toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the east and a return of Crimea, and will stand with its people as they seek to build a more secure, prosperous, and democratic future."

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