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AP, Saturday 17 May 2014
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem October 22, 2012. (Photo:Reuters)
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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is warning Egypt that its transition to democracy after years of political turmoil is faltering ahead of presidential elections later this month.

His Carter Center won't be sending observers for Egypt's May 26-27 election, which many believe retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi handily will win following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year that he led. However, the center will be sending a small team of experts.

In a statement Friday, the center warned that "Egypt's political transition has stalled and stands on the precipice of total reversal." The center said Morsi's overthrow deepened the political unrest in the country. The interim government has declared Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group a terrorist organization, as hundreds of its followers have been killed and thousands have been arrested.

"I am gravely concerned that Egypt's democratic transition has faltered," Carter said in the statement.

El-Sisi will face leftist Hamdeen Sabahi in the election, but his win seems assured as the retired army leader is riding a wave of nationalistic fervor following  July 3 . A Brotherhood-led coalition says it will boycott the election.

Carter called on Egypt's next president to take immediate steps to foster dialogue and political accommodation "to ensure that the full spectrum of Egyptian society can participate meaningfully in politics."

The Carter Center observed Egypt's parliamentary and presidential elections in 2012, the polls that saw Morsi come to power as the country's first freely elected president. However, the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization did not send monitors for Egypt's last two elections, both polls on the constitution. It cited the government's late release of monitoring regulations as its reason for not monitoring the constitutional vote under Morsi.

As president, Carter oversaw negotiations in the late 1970s that led to Israel and Egypt signing their longstanding peace accords following wars between the neighboring nations. The Carter Center, which he founded with his wife, has been monitoring Egypt closely since the 2011 revolt against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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Ali
18-05-2014 09:34am
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Internal matter
Mr. Carter with all due respect, please let the Egyptians deal with the elections and its peace treaty with Israel; this is an internal matter in Egypt. Please enjoy the remaining of your life in quiet and peace.
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Hesham Tawfik
22-05-2014 03:45pm
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Relax
Could you relax inside in an Egyptian prison enjoying the remaining of your life hosted by your leader servants?
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Allen
18-05-2014 08:49am
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Oh please Jimmy!!!!
I would be more concerned about all the brotherhood terrorists that have crawled to the West.... Egypt is in good hands.
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Hesham Tawfik
22-05-2014 03:50pm
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blood-stained hands
The good hands do not rape men,women and children while they are behind bars. Good hands do not torture detainees.Good hands do not kill innocent people. Good hands will touch you or one of your family one day then you will realise the true meaning of GOOD HANDS mr officer
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Adly Mansour, Alex
18-05-2014 06:44am
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Thanks
We know you are kind man with values We need USA support in our fight against terrorists who hijacked our wellbeing. How is your Habitat for Humanity project?
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Hesham Tawfik
22-05-2014 03:54pm
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Mr Tartour
Mr Tartour, can you remember that your wellbeing is in trouble after the coup. Everything is going worse electricty ,water and bread. If you want to see your well being visit another country eg Lebnon
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Yasmina
18-05-2014 12:44am
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Egypt does not need paternalism
There are enough adults in Egypt to note any infractions. I see infractions all the time in the US when i vote, but there are no monitors. When the US can keep its own house in order, then perhaps they can advise and monitor the world.
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Hesham Tawfik
22-05-2014 04:03pm
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Where
Egypt has been seeing MARREED ELECTIONS since 1952. Where are your Adults who monitor your great and free elections
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