EU agrees to observe Egypt presidential polls

E.U. Ambassador James Moran said the European election mission would follow up the entire election process, not just the election day.

EU agrees to observe Egypt presidential polls

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Union has accepted an invitation from the Egyptian government to observe the May presidential elections.

E.U. Ambassador James Moran said the European election mission would follow up the entire election process, not just the election day.

Speaking at a press conference in Bibliotheca Alexandrina Monday, the diplomat said this would be the first time for the pan-European body to observe elections in Egypt.

Moran said the European Union has no preferred candidate in the presidential race.

Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26-27, the second milestone of the transitional roadmap imposed by the army following the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi. The plan should be completed with parliamentary polls later this year.

The Arab Spring country completed the first phase of the transitional roadmap in January by holding a referendum on an amended version of its 2012 constitution.

Ambassador Moran said, meanwhile, that the pan-Europe body has not designated Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization like Egypt and Saudi Arabia had done.

In March, Saudi Arabia officially designated the Brotherhood, along with eight other groups, terrorist organizations.

Last year, the army-backed interim government in Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist" group.

Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 11:05
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