Statement by U.S. Congressman David Dreier, Egyptian Presidential Elections Witness
June 17, 2012
U.S. Congressman David Dreier visits polling station in Cairo
“For the first time in
history, the Egyptian people have democratically elected their
has made tremendous strides over the past 18 months; no one in January 2011
could have predicted that the Egyptian people would soon be in a position to
determine their own destiny through the ballot box. As I visited
dozens of polling stations over the past two days, I have been deeply inspired
by the voters’ enthusiasm for exercising their right to vote.
Elections are never perfect, but the voters I met have been pleased
with and proud of the process.
The long road to democracy is
difficult, often painful and never complete. In the United States,
we have pursuing this ideal for 223 years. Free and fair elections
are an integral part of any healthy democracy, but just as important are the
respect for individual freedoms, tolerance and equal treatment of all citizens,
including minorities and women. It is also important for citizens
to respect the results of free and fair elections.
The American people will
continue to stand by Egypt
as it moves along the path to democracy. I look forward to congratulating
and working with the next president of Egypt.”