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MUBARAK’S RESIGNATION “DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN EGYPT’S DEVELOPMENT”

15 février 2011

The president of the European Parliament’s main progressive group, Martin Schulz, today described the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as « long overdue ».

Socialists and Democrats leader Mr Schulz, who was one of the first European leaders to demand Mubarak’s resignation, paid tribute to the courage and determination of peaceful demonstrators who brought it about.

Said Mr Schulz: « The Egyptian people have shown clearly that they want a new democratic beginning for their country.

« This is a historic day that may mark the dawn of a new era in Egypt’s development. This peaceful revolution has shown the power behind the ideas of freedom and democracy. »

Mr Schulz called for the army to continue to play a constructive role in order to avoid any further violence. It should guarantee genuine and open political dialogue as the basis of democratic transition.

He added: « The S&D Group calls for a political process, which must be launched immediately, involving all democratic political and social forces with the aim of paving the way for genuine democracy in Egypt.

« We call for significant EU support for democratic transformation as well as, in a wider context, for economic and social reforms in Egypt, with a special focus on the young generation that is so important for the stability and prosperity of the country. »

Source: www.socialistanddemocrats.eu (11.02.2011)

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