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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on Presidential Elections in Cote d’Ivoire

The United States supports the people of Cote d’Ivoire as they prepare to express their democratic voice and participate in presidential elections on October 31, 2010.  The Ivoirian government, the candidates, their supporters, and all political actors have an obligation to ensure that the long-delayed presidential elections are held in a peaceful and transparent manner.  The people of Cote d’Ivoire deserve a secure environment for elections, and for their choice to be accepted by all candidates.  These elections are a critical step to rebuilding Cote d’Ivoire.  The United States stands with the Ivoirian people as they prepare for long-awaited democratic elections, and move closer to lasting peace and prosperity in Cote d’Ivoire.