WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) issued the following statement regarding the district council elections taking place in Puntland, Somalia on May 25.

“I look forward to seeing the historic direct elections take place in Puntland this week. I applaud the people of Puntland for their dedication to advancing their democratic commitments. The elections represent positive progress for reaching democratic aspirations in Puntland, other parts of Somalia, and the entire region and I encourage all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful election process. I am proud to represent a vibrant Somali community in the Ninth District and I commend their commitment to making these direct elections possible.”