White House: Egypt violence should not delay election

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Posted: Oct 10, 2011 11:51 AM
White House: Egypt violence should not delay election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House called for restraint in Egypt on Monday after violent clashes that killed protesters and security forces, and said the transition to democracy should continue.

"As the Egyptian people shape their future, the United States continues to believe that the rights of minorities -- including Copts -- must be respected, and that all people have the universal rights of peaceful protest and religious freedom," the White House said in a statement.

"These tragic events should not stand in the way of timely elections and a continued transition to democracy that is peaceful, just and inclusive," it said.

(Reporting by Laura MacInnis)