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Bush Congratulates Afghanistan Successful Election

Bush Congratulates Afghanistan on Successful Elections

Elections are "major step forward" in country's democratic development

President Bush sends his congratulations to the government and people of Afghanistan for their successful parliamentary elections September 18.

Following is the text of Bush's statement, as issued by the White House September 18:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2005

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

I congratulate the Afghan people and Afghan Government for today's successful parliamentary elections, which are a major step forward in Afghanistan's development as a democratic state governed by the rule of law. Braving deadly attacks and threats of violence, Afghans voted in large numbers for representatives to their new National Assembly and Provincial Councils. We commend the tremendous progress that the Afghan people have made in recent years, and we pledge the full support of the United States as Afghanistan acts to meet the new challenges ahead.

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