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US Rep. Ros-Lehtinen calls on Mubarak to hold elections

US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Saturday said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should schedule elections to give the Egyptian people a chance "to express their right to choose their leaders," an official statement said.
“The Egyptian people need to be afforded a peaceful venue to express their will. Mr. Mubarak should listen to the demands of the Egyptian people for freedom and immediately schedule legitimate, democratic, internationally-recognized elections," she said in the statement.
“The US should learn from past mistakes and support a process which only includes candidates who meet basic standards for leaders of responsible nations: candidates who have publicly renounced terrorism, uphold the rule of law, recognize Egypt's international commitments including its nonproliferation obligations and its peace agreement with the Jewish State of Israel, and who ensure security and peace with its neighbors," said Ros-Lehtinen. "The United States must leverage its long-standing assistance to press Mr. Mubarak to let the voice of his people be heard through legitimate democratic elections."
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