Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 4th June 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 4th June 2008

We will of course look at every action that we can take, but the first thing to do is to ensure that these elections are free and fair. We are working with other countries to ensure that there are international observers from other parts of the world, as well as from Africa. There is a need for hundreds of observers because of the geography of the country and the threats of intimidation. I am working with the president of the African Union, the president of the South African Development Community and other leaders around the world to ensure that the offer of international observers is there and is taken up. I hope that the whole House will agree that that is the first priority to ensure that the elections are free and fair.

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