US: Sooner is better for fair Egypt elections

February 3, 2011 01:52

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday that the sooner Egypt holds free and fair elections, the better.

Comments at the State Department went beyond hints dropped earlier this week that the US would prefer that elections now slated for September be moved up.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the US wants to see what he calls free, fair and credible elections. And he added, in his words, "The sooner that can happen, the better."

Crowley stressed that any decision on presidential voting is up to the people of Egypt.

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