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Egypt's ruling military promises free and honest elections

Cairo : Egypt | May 03, 2012 at 1:27 PM PDT
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Egyptian military apologises for protest deaths

Egypt’s Military Council has called on the Interior Ministry to investigate Wednesday’s deadly clashes that killed 20 people in Cairo during demonstrations against the military junta near the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Assar told the press conference in Cairo.

At the same time, Egypt’s Military Council promised that the upcoming presidential elections on May 23-24 will be free and honest as observers from 45 countries, representatives of all the foreign embassies in Cairo and representatives of a number of foreign organizations had been invited to observe the elections.

Egypt's election is scheduled to be held on May 23-24, and a run-off will follow on June 16-17 if necessary.

Al-Assar called on Egyptian to stop rallies of protests and not to believe rumors that the military are going to disrupt the elections.

"The armed forces and their supreme council are committed to to hand over power before June 30 to the newly elected president in the first round, also we do not support any of the 10 candidates for the presidency," he said.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator John Kerry arrived in Egypt on May 1 for talks with Egyptian officials on the latest developments of democratic transition in the county in light of the upcoming presidential elections.

Kerry met Egyptian presidential candidate and former Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa and discussed bilateral relations and recent developments in Egypt and middle east as his visit follows a visit to Israel, where he met with Israel’s president Shimon Peres.

"I believed the Military Council wanted to go back to the barracks and leave politics to the politicians," John Kerry's remarked after his meeting with Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt’s military ruler on Thursday, Al-arabiya news reported.

Source: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/05/03/211933.html

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