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ADL: We hope for smooth transition of power in Egypt
February 11, 2011 19:40
Organization says many unknowns going forward such as role of Muslim Brotherhood, relations with Israel and the West.
ADL Director Abraham H. Foxman

Abe Foxman 311. (photo credit:Ariel Jerozolimski)

The ADL on Friday reacted to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, calling the announcement "an extraordinary historic development for Egypt and the Middle East."

In a statement, the organization expressed hope that the transition of power would unfold peacefully and smoothly.

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"The demonstrations by the people of Egypt against the regime’s authoritarianism and repression, and their demands for greater freedom, political accountability and transparency, have been inspiring to all who cherish democracy and liberty," the statement read.

The ADL did express some trepidation at the many unknowns in Egypt at this time such as what the Muslim Brotherhood's role would be in a new government and what the country's relations with Israel and the West will be.

"The people of Egypt must now channel their passion for change into the more difficult task of building the foundations for a true open, inclusive and stable democracy.  A truly democratic Egypt will involve the structural, legal, and political reforms, the building of democratic institutions with checks and balances, the growth of a vibrant civil society which is inclusive of minorities and tolerant of dissent," the statement continued.

The ADL called on the US and the international to "support peaceful transition in Egypt, and urge that those who manage this transitional period commit to sustaining regional stability, including through maintaining and enhancing peaceful relations and security cooperation with Israel. "
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