Press release

Burmese elections: Prime Minister's statement

David Cameron has made a statement following the first free elections in Burma, calling them 'an important step towards democracy'.

In response to the elections in Burma, the Prime Minister said:

These landmark elections are an important step towards democracy in Burma and a triumph for Burmese people, who have clearly voiced their desire for change.

The sight of thousands of people queuing peacefully to exercise their right to vote, many for the first time in their lives, was a moving moment demonstrating the remarkable progress Burma has made in recent years, including since my visit in 2012.

We welcome the view of independent election observers that people turned out in large numbers and calmly cast their votes in a generally well-run polling process, with anonymity of the vote respected.

We urge all parties to work together now for a peaceful and orderly transition as the new government is formed.

The UK stands ready to support the people of Burma as they continue to work towards a more democratic and accountable government, including those unable to vote in this election.