Friday, May 27, 2005

Egypt approves direct election for presidency

Egyptian interior ministry yesterday announced that 82.9 per cent of voters had approved a constitutional change introducing direct and multi-candidate presidential election, but opposition dismissed the results as fake. "Some 13.55 million out of valid votes of 16.4 million said yes to the referendum on amending the article 76," Interior Minister Habib Al Adli told a press conference, referring to a constitutional item governing regulations on running for presidency. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak won his four previous six-year terms after being approved by a legislature dominated by his ruling National Democratic Party and elected unopposed by popular referendum. "Voters understood that responsible political participation is the only way to the future," Al Adli also said.


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