Freedom House Welcomes Peaceful Presidential Election in Egypt
Freedom House congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi and the Egyptian people on his election as the first civilian President of Egypt, the result of a peacefully contested election. We hope that this will mark a watershed moment in Egypt’s transition to democracy.
Freedom House notes, however, that this election has taken place against a profoundly undemocratic background. Egypt’s highest court disbanded the freely elected parliament. The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) subsequently arrogated to itself sweeping powers of arrest, detention, and lawmaking, and asserted veto power over the constitution drafting process. The military’s promise to turn over of power to a civilian government on July 1 is critical and should be followed by a reversal of the recent democratic setbacks.
Freedom House hopes the new civilian government under President Morsi will do its utmost to advance the rule of law and ensure that the rights of all, including women and minorities, are safeguarded. All Egyptians should join together to ensure that Egypt’s progress toward electoral democracy is sure and irreversible.
Egypt is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2012, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2012 and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2011.
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