For Immediate Release: November 29, 2010
Yesterday’s elections were a test of the repeated claims by Egypt’s leaders that they are preparing the ground for democracy and moving forward with political reform. It is a test they failed,” said Neil Hicks, Senior Policy Advisor for Human Rights First, who was in Egypt earlier this month meeting with human rights and democracy activists. “The Egyptian government made it clear for years that its priority in the elections would be to maintain an iron grip on the parliament for the ruling party. Egyptians deserve a freer, fairer, internationally-monitored election when it comes time to vote for president next year,” added Hicks.
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