Calls on Egypt to swiftly announce the results of the presidential election
Posted by African Press International on June 23, 2012
The results of the second round of the Egyptian presidential election, held on 16-17 June, were due to be announced on Thursday 21 June. According to the Egyptian presidential election commission, the results have been delayed because both candidates have filed complaints of election fraud.
“I understand that all complaints must be considered carefully, but it is important that this is done quickly and effectively so as not to create undue uncertainty about the election results. This is particularly important in a situation where many question the transition to civilian rule in Egypt” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
We have witnessed worrying setbacks in Egypt’s democratisation process during the past few weeks. The newly elected parliament has been dissolved despite the relatively smooth electoral process, the Military Council’s powers have been considerably strengthened, the constitutional process has been called in question, and the presidency has been stripped of some of its powers.
“Egypt is now facing significant political challenges that have become even greater in the past few weeks. We have great expectations that the reform process will lead to a genuine separation of powers between democratically elected institutions based on a democratic constitution. The Military Council has a particular responsibility for this transition process. I therefore stress how important it is that the transition to a civilian government is announced on 1 July as planned,” said Mr Støre.