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UN chief urges Egypt to strive for long-term security, stability

English.news.cn   2014-06-04 05:59:26

UNITED NATIONS, June 3 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday urged the Egyptian authorities to make more efforts to achieve long-term security and stability in the Middle East country, saying "he trusts that the president-elect will do everything possible" in this regard.

"The secretary-general takes note of the official release of the results by the Presidential Elections Commission of the 26 to 28 May election," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman. "He trusts that the president-elect will do everything possible to support the Egyptian people's aspirations for a stable, democratic, and prosperous Egypt."

Earlier on Tuesday, Egypt's elections commission officially announced ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was elected the new president of the most populous Arab nation, after achieving a landslide victory over leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahy in the three-day polls held in late May.

"Presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah Saeed Khalil Hussein al- Sisi got 23,780,104 votes, which represents 96.91 percent of the votes," Anwar al-Assi, chairman of the election commission, said at a press conference in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, adding that the voter turnout was 47.5 percent.

The UN chief, in the statement, "notes that democracy is inextricably linked with the three pillars of the United Nations -- peace and security, development and human rights -- and urges Egyptian authorities to strengthen democratic institutions and practices."

"He believes doing so is essential for fostering long-term security and stability, by allowing for peaceful political dialogue and contestation, as well as creating a conducive environment for good governance, development, and promoting and protecting human rights," said the statement.

"The secretary-general reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to remain fully engaged in supporting Egypt," it added.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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