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Second round of the elections in Benin

Norway has aligned with the EU Declaration on the second round of the elections in Benin, published in Brussels and Vienna on 21 March.

22/03/2006 :: The Declaration reads as follows:
“Following the announcement by the constitutional court on 15 March of the results of the first round of the presidential election, the second round of the electoral process took place on Sunday 19 March 2006.
In view of the date set for this second round, the autonomous national electoral commission, whose determination must be underlined, as must the quality of its work, had to organise the election within a particularly short time. However, the mobilisation of all the political forces and civil society allowed these difficulties to be overcome and made it possible to hold a free and democratic election. Thus, voters were able to express their choice in a clear manner. By voting in an atmosphere of calm and dignity, the Beninese population has, for the second time in two weeks, shown great political maturity and a deep respect for democracy.
A new chapter in the history of Benin will begin on 6 April 2006, when the new Head of State takes up his post. However, the challenges faced by the new leaders are immense.
The European Union is confidently awaiting the announcement of the results of the second round of this presidential election and reaffirms its intention to resolutely support the Beninese people and its new leaders in this new phase of their country’s development.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration”
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the    Stabilisation and Association Process.

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