Egypt: the democratic process must be continued
OSLO, Norway, June 18, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- “Democratisation in Egypt is now in a critical phase. It is important that power is transferred to a democratically elected civilian government and that the democratic process is continued,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.
On Thursday, the Egyptian supreme court called for the dissolution of the parliament. On Saturday and Sunday, the last round of the presidential election will be decided.
“Developments in Egypt after the fall of Mubarak highlight the major challenges the country faces in its efforts to establish a stable and democratic government. Egypt's success in this endeavour is vital for the prospects of democracy in the Middle East,” said Mr Støre.
“It is very important that the election proceeds peacefully and fairly,” he added.
Norway has been one of the main contributors to the Carter Center's observation of the elections in Egypt since the upheavals last year.