Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the conduct of the recent elections in Egypt.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs issued a statement on 19 June in which he welcomed the peaceful conduct of the second round of Egypt's presidential elections. Following the announcement of the results on 24 June, he congratulated the Egyptian people for their commitment to the democratic process and wished the new President of Egypt, Dr Mohammed Mursi, success in the challenging task ahead.

The election monitoring missions of the Carter Center and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), both of which were partly funded by the Arab Partnership, concluded that while the uncertain political environment in which the elections were held was of concern, the conduct on polling days was largely orderly and free from major and systematic flaws that unfairly advantaged either candidate. This assessment was shared by embassy staff in Cairo who visited over 100 polling stations throughout Egypt during the first and second rounds of the presidential elections.

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