US praises Egyptian referendum results

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 2:36 PM
US praises Egyptian referendum results

The United States has welcomed the results of Egypt's weekend referendum after it opened the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within months.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner says the approved term limits for the next Egyptian president, multiple ways for candidates to get on the ballot and judicial supervision of elections are positive trends.

Toner said "Egyptians took an important step toward realizing the aspirations" of the revolution that toppled long-time leader Hosni Mubarak from power.

He also said that "the sight of Egyptians coming forward in unprecedented numbers to peacefully exercise their newly won freedoms is cause for great optimism."

More than 14 million people, or 77 percent of those who voted, cast ballots in favor of Egypt's constitutional changes.