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US praises Egyptian referendum results

US praises Egyptian referendum results

The United States has welcomed the results of Egypt's weekend referendum after it opened the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within months.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner says the approved term limits for the next Egyptian president, multiple ways for candidates to get on the ballot and judicial supervision of elections are "positive trends."
Toner acknowledged some problems with the democratic process. But he said the larger picture was that "Egyptians took an important step toward realizing the aspirations" of the revolution that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak from power.
Toner said the huge unprecedented turnout was cause for great optimism.
More than 14 million Egyptians _ 77.2 percent of those eligible _ voted in favor of Egypt's constitutional changes.


Updated : 2021-07-31 05:42 GMT+08:00