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Germany offers Egypt help in run-up to vote

The Local · 14 Feb 2011, 08:16

Published: 14 Feb 2011 08:16 GMT+01:00

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Werner Hoyer told the newspaper that Berlin has offered Cairo assistance regarding constitutional development, political party systems and elections.

"This entire process should and must remain in the hands of Egyptians themselves, but we are ready to offer any help that might be desired," said Hoyer, a minister of state at the Foreign Ministry and member of the Free Democrats.

"Egypt now has an opportunity to serve as a beacon for the entire region," he added. "That is why we all have a great interest in seeing that this process succeeds."

He suggested sending election monitors to the country soon so that they could observe the process from the very beginning. According to him, election fraud often begins as early as the creation of voter rolls.

Hoyer called on western nations to engage the Muslim Brotherhood in dialogue and said he had never understood the fear that many have of the organization. In addition, he added, a group that could get 20 to 30 percent of the vote in an election cannot simply be ignored.

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13:34 February 14, 2011 by westconser
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05:33 February 15, 2011 by DOZ
Germany and the West should keep their noses out of Egypts Affairs. The Egyptians are an intelligent People and are highly capable of bringing forth a Democratic Constitution on their own. If it wasn't for the West's interferance, the Arab World would have been Democratic decades ago.
11:57 February 15, 2011 by right winger
Mr. Hoyer, listen and read carefully what I m saying here, you are promoting muslim fudamentalists in egypt to reach power and run egyptian day to day life, well TAHRIR SQUARE REVOLUTION WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE PEOPLE , NOT BY THE MUSLIM BROTHERS , CERTAINLY NOT BY YOU , THE PUBLIC ARE REJECTING THE MUSLIM BROTHERS AGENDA , THEY WANT SECULAR NONRELEGIOUS AFFILLIATED GOVERNMENT AND NON RELLEGIOUS AFFILLITED PARLIAMENT , SO WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO SAY OR PROMOTE THE MUSLIM BROTHERS AGENDA , i m AN EGYPTIAN AMERICAN , DONT PUSH YOUR NOSE IN EGYPT AFFAIRS IN THE NAME OF HELPING ,I will write again and again against applying muslim law in egypt , you are the enemy of the egyptian people who are fed up with your type and the muslim brothers and MUbarak like people, educate yourself about the harm the fundamentalists bring to their people, egyptians are smarter than you .
17:21 February 15, 2011 by westconser
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21:08 February 15, 2011 by wenddiver
Great idea, because if anybody knows how to pick good leaders, it's Germany! What do you figure the Egyptians prefer a crippled maniac in a Spike Helmet or an unemployed Austrian Artist who believes in Genocide.

Seriously, there are a lot of things Germans are great at, this isn't one of them. As for Constitutional governments as I recall Germany's was created at the point of foreign bayonets. Germany's Democratic tradition is very old.
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