EU Hails Mubarak's Resignation, Egyptian Democracy

Bulgaria in EU | February 11, 2011, Friday // 18:58|  views

Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate minutes after the announcement on television of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, Cairo, Egypt, 11 February 2011. EPA/BGNES

The European Union has hailed the success of Egyptian protesters in making long-standing President Hosni Mubarak resign.

By resigning, Mubarak "has listened to the voices of the Egyptian people and has opened the way to faster and deeper reforms," EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton has declared shortly after Egypt's VP Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak's resignation in a televised address Friday night.

"It is important now that the dialogue is accelerated leading to a broad-based government," Ashton said as cited by the WP.

"Europe will measure the next steps in the fulfillment of the people's demand by repealing the emergency laws and by ending all intimidation of journalists, human rights defenders or political dissidents," declared in turn European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.

Buzek has pointed out that, now that Mubarak has stepped down, the people of Egypt want the full transformation of the old regime.

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Tags: Hosni Mubarak, Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt, civil unrest, street protests, protesters, protest rallies, Omar Suleiman, Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Jerzy Buzek, European parliament


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