El-Sisi will 'do everything' for democracy, prosperous Egypt: UN chief

Ahram Online, Wednesday 4 Jun 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon puts his faith in Egypt's president-elect Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, May 11, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he trusts that Egypt's president-elect Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will do everything possible to support the Egyptian people's aspirations for a "stable, democratic and prosperous Egypt."

In a statement issued by the UN Secretary-General's spokesperson, Ban asserted the UN's commitment to remain fully engaged in supporting Egypt.

"The Secretary-General 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," the statement noted.

The international organisation's top official accentuated the necessity of "fostering long-term security and stability" through peaceful dialogue and contestation, along with creating a conducive environment for good governance, development and protecting human rights.

On Tuesday, the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) declared El-Sisi Egypt's new president, confirming that he won 23.78 million votes (96.91 percent of the valid ballots) in the 26-28 May election.

El-Sisi's sole contender, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, collected a modest 757,511 of the votes (3.9 percent).

El-Sisi is expected to be inaugurated on Saturday or a few days later, according to sources who spoke with Ahram Online.

Short link: