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US is 'disappointed' with 'worrying' Egyptian elections

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-11-30

The United States has stated that it is “disappointed” with the recent Egyptian elections, citing "worrying" problems with restrictions on poll monitors, the press and freedom of speech.

AFP - The United States was "disappointed" with how Egypt's legislative elections were carried out and called reports of numerous irregularities "worrying," the White House said Tuesday.

"The United States is disappointed with the conduct during and leading up to Egypt's November 28 legislative elections," White House national security spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement.

He cited "numerous reported irregularities at the polls, the lack of international monitors and the many problems encountered by domestic monitors, and the restrictions on the basic freedoms of association, speech and press in the run-up to the elections" which he described as " worrying."

However, Hammer praised Egyptians who took part in their country's flawed democratic process, including "candidates, campaigners, voters and election monitors."

Egypt on Tuesday was awaiting final results of the parliamentary vote that appears set to deliver sweeping gains for President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party and all but demolish the Islamist opposition.

Rights groups say the vote was marked by widespread violence and fraud, while Islamists Tuesday threatened to pull out of an election they have already denounced as "rigged and invalid."

Hammer said that Washington would work with the Egyptian government to help improve democratic processes in the country.

"The United States has a longstanding partnership with the people of Egypt, rooted in common interests and shared values," he said.

"We look forward to continuing to work with the Egyptian government and Egypt's vibrant civil society to help Egypt achieve its political, social, and economic aspirations consistent with international standards."

Date created : 2010-11-30

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