Statement by Minister Cannon on the Situation in Niger

(No. 146 - May 30, 2009)The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the President of Niger of a referendum that would allow him to extend his mandate.

“Canada is following with concern the recent political developments in Niger, and considers that respect for the integrity of democratic institutions and mechanisms is paramount to a firm commitment to democracy.

“Canada invites Niger’s authorities to ensure that their actions respect the spirit and the letter of the constitution the people of Niger have given themselves.” 

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