On the Egyptian presidential elections
Following the announcement of the official results of the second round of the presidential elections in Egypt, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz stated:
"The presidential elections in Egypt were a milestone in the democratic process initiated last year by protests in Tahrir Square. I welcome the democratic and fair review of the vote, stating the victory of Mohamed Morsi.
I congratulate the new leadership of Egypt. I hope the new President will adopt an inclusive approach so as to represent all the Egyptians, regardless of their religious or cultural background.
The grip which the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces still holds on the country and on the institutions of the Egyptian state must be relinquished as soon as possible. Power must be returned to civilian rule fully.
The direction Egypt takes in the months to come will be pivotal not just for Egypt, but also for democracy and stability in the wider Middle East and North Africa.
The new President will have to give new vigour to democratic reforms in the country, in particular in the process of drafting a new constitution in an inclusive and pluralist manner with a clear system of checks and balances, a neat division of power between the institutions of the state and a comprehensive system of fundamental rights and liberties for its citizens.
Europe will be next to Egypt on its path to reform, democracy and prosperity, but it will not be able to support the country if the calls of the people for greater freedom, dignity and recognition will be betrayed."
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