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Egypt. The EU calls for a rapid return to the democratic process

(BRUSSELS2) The European Union reacted through the voice of Lady Ashton to the “coup d'état” by the military in Egypt and the removal from power of President Mohamed Morsi.

Return to the democratic process

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs called, in a press release which has just been released to the press, “ all parties " in Egypt " to return quickly to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and legislative elections and the approval of a Constitution, to do so in a fully inclusive manner, so as to enable the country to resume and complete its democratic transition” (*). Previously, she had assured follow closely the developments in Egypt”. “I am fully aware of the deep divisions in society, popular demands for political change and efforts to negotiate a compromise ».

No condemnation of the coup

The EU, however, refrained from condemning the coup and demanding the withdrawal of the military from power, even asking them to be guarantors of security. “ I strongly condemn all acts of violence, and offer my condolences to the families of the victims. We urge security forces to do everything in their power to protect the lives and well-being of Egyptian citizens. I call on all parties to exercise restraint. »

Respect for fundamental rights

“I hope that the new administration will be fully inclusive and reiterate the importance of ensuring full respect for fundamental rights, freedoms and the rule of law and will hold the authorities to account for this. The European Union remains firmly committed to supporting the Egyptian people in their aspirations for democracy and inclusive governance » she finishes. Not a word, however, of the arrests of journalists or the suspension of Al Jazaira.

Comments : the European Union still has difficulty understanding the phenomena of political Islamism, which is winning elections in southern countries (Algeria, Palestine with Hamas in 2006 and now the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt). It also has difficulty positioning itself against the military who present themselves, sometimes as guarantors or even restorers of democracy (see Niger), but sometimes also as one of its strongest opponents, even gravediggers. The current Egyptian situation does not escape these contradictions and these difficulties.

(*) “I am following closely developments in Egypt and am fully aware of the deep divisions in society, popular demands for political change and efforts at brokering a compromise. I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and complete its democratic transition. I hope that the new administration will be fully inclusive and reiterate the importance of ensuring full respect for fundamental rights, freedoms, and the rule of law and will hold the authorities to account for this. I strongly condemn all violent acts, offer my condolences to the families of the victims, and urge the security forces to do everything in their power to protect the lives and well-being of Egyptian citizens. I call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint. The European Union remains unequivocally committed to supporting the Egyptian people in their aspirations to democracy and inclusive governance.”

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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