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UK Foreign Secretary regrets dissolution of Egyptian parliament

January 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Britain’s Foreign Secretary has expressed his belief that whoever wins the presidential election in Egypt should do so through a credible, free and fair process, which reflects fully the will of the Egyptian people. William Hague also expressed his concern about the dissolution of the parliament by the ruling military council.

“I welcome the peaceful conduct of the second and final round of Egypt’s Presidential elections,” said Mr. Hague. “This is a critical moment in the process towards a democratic civilian-led government in Egypt.” He said that he looks forward to the announcement of the result of the presidential run-off due on Thursday. “It is vital that the transition leads to legitimate, accountable and democratic governance, underpinned by strong and accountable institutions.”

Mr Hague insisted that the UK will continue to support the people of Egypt in their aspirations for greater economic opportunities, political participation, freedom and rights: “To that end, we will work with the Egyptian leadership elected by the people.”

Speaking about the dissolution of the parliament by the military council (SCAF), the Foreign Secretary said, “We were concerned by recent announcements about the dissolution of Parliament and the reintroduction of powers of arrest and detention for the military. The process of drafting a new, inclusive Constitution and the holding of new parliamentary elections should be taken forward as soon as possible.”