US urges Egypt's new leader to enact reforms

AP News
Posted: Jun 04, 2014 2:52 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The White House is urging Egypt's president-elect to adopt democratic reforms, including governing with accountability and transparency and protecting the universal rights of all Egyptians.

Former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won Egypt's landslide election with nearly 97 percent of the vote.

In a statement, the White House says it was pleased that international observers were allowed inside Egypt for the vote and that balloting proceeded in a calm and peaceful manner. However, the White House says it has concerns about the "restrictive political environment" in which the election took place.

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The White House says President Barack Obama, who is traveling in Europe this week, plans to speak to el-Sissi in the coming days.

As army chief, El-Sissi ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president last summer.

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