Violence Marks Voting in Egypt

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Violence Mars Voting in Egypt

In Egypt voters ink fingers after voting - UN Photo/Steve Tickner
In Egypt voters ink fingers after voting – UN Photo/Steve Tickner

Democracy Marred by Violence Clashes in Egypt

CAIRO – Egypt is entering the second day of voting in a country-wide referendum. The current referendum on the proposed constitution is supposed to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections. Media reports say that clashes have already led to several deaths.

Violence in the country has seen over ten people killed as supporters our ousted President Morsi have battled with Government security forces.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on them to express their differences without violence and ensure that the next phase of their country’s transition is carried out peacefully.

Mr. Ban “stresses the importance of respect for freedom of assembly and expression, as well as commitment to non-violence,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

“The Secretary-General encourages all Egyptians to ensure that the next phase of the transition is conducted in an inclusive, peaceful, and transparent manner.”

The current referendum on the proposed constitution is supposed to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections. Media reports say that clashes have already led to several deaths today.

“The Secretary-General calls on all Egyptians to express their differences without violence,” his spokesperson said. “He continues to express the support of the United Nations for an Egyptian-led transition process that adheres to democratic principles and upholds the human rights of all Egyptians.”