Inauguration of the Republic of Niger's President and Parliament

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 6, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer my deepest congratulations to the people of the Republic of Niger on the inauguration of your newly-elected President and Parliament.

This historic moment marks Niger’s return to constitutional and democratic rule. The people of Niger exercised their right to choose their government in a free and fair election. President Mahamadou Issoufou and all Members of Parliament now have the opportunity to strengthen Niger’s democratic institutions, protect the rights of its people, and expand the tenets of democracy to benefit all of Niger’s citizens.

The United States is committed to Niger’s future. We look forward to working with those leaders who promote democratic principles to advance the well-being, development, and security of the Nigerien people.

PRN: 2011/535