Washington: Egyptian elections are a historic progress
Egypt-USA, Politics, 9/9/2005
Washington on Thursday described the Egyptian presidential election as the "first positive strides," despite information about falsification operations in certain ballot centers.
The spokesman for the US Department Of State Sean McCormack said that Washington hopes that the Egyptian government and people will learn a lesson from the elections, and concentrate on their positive prospects to prepare for legislative elections next Autumn and to work for solving the arising problems, which took place.
The US spokesman indicated that not all candidates received equal opportunities in the mass centers, and there is information on falsification in certain voting offices.
He also said that the decision to accept Egyptian observers came "late, so as regular efforts were not permitted in order to monitor these elections.'
However, McCormack considered that the voting was a sort of historical progress, adding that the "Egyptians never knew in their life such kind of elections."
Washington had called on Cairo to accept UN observers and the Egyptian authorities rejected that. It also rejected the monitoring of the civil society organizations before the judiciary came back and accepted the monitoring, just two hours from the start of the voting process.
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