On behalf of the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate you, the people of Madagascar, for celebrating your civic duty in voting for your future president. For the past 150 years, the United States has stood with Madagascar, in support of democracy. We are pleased to have observed an election devoid of provocation and violence. Once a candidate is legitimately elected and sworn in, it will be your responsibility to hold the newly-elected President accountable for ensuring that the rule of law and good governance is respected. And we, the United States, remain standing beside our Malagasy friends, ready to partner with you for the next 150 years and beyond.