US Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, today called the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “an extraordinary moment for Egypt” that give the citizens of that country “a chance at a new beginning.”
“Now the hard work intensifies to prepare for free and fair elections that will allow the people to choose a broadly representative and responsive government,” said Kerry, in a statement. “Egypt’s army and transitional leaders must heed the call to lift the emergency law and clarify a timetable to establish a proper foundation for credible elections. The United States must help Egyptians turn this democratic moment into a process that builds a government responsive to economic needs as well as demands for freedom. What happens next will have repercussions far beyond Egypt’s borders. We know from recent experience in Gaza that this requires not just elections, but hard work to build a government that is transparent, accountable, and broadly representative.”
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