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Overwhelming Support for Constitutional Referendum in Egypt Encouraging, But Much More Needs to be Done to Achieve Stability and Democracy, Says Ros-Lehtinen


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement after officials announced results of the Egyptian constitutional referendum vote, which took place between January 14-15, 2014. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"It's clear that those who voted in this referendum overwhelmingly support this version of the Egyptian constitution. In a stark rebuke of its previous iteration under Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, this referendum passed with over 98% of the vote. Though this version of the constitution is considered to be more favorable for the Egyptian people than the Morsi backed one, there remains cause for concern over provisions in it that cement the military's power -- and even extend its power into the civilian domain. The reality is that even though this vote was a step in the right direction for democracy in Egypt, the way its administration will interpret and implement the new Constitution will be where the rubber meets the road.

"The next step now will be for the Egyptian government to set up the next round of parliamentary or presidential elections, and I encourage it to ensure that these elections will be all inclusive, free, fair and transparent. Egypt still has a long way to go to prove that it is on the path toward democracy and can be a stable and secure nation."

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