Egypt Foreign Minister: transition to end by "next spring"

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Nabil Fahmy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt

Parliamentary and presidential elections will be held by 2014 as scheduled in Egypt's political road map.

Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.

The road map set forth by the current administration is a blueprint for a transition to civilian rule.

It includes a revision of the constitution, the formation of a peace and reconciliation commission, and the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections.

Mr. Fahmy said Egypt is "determined to fully implement the road map".

"Work is underway, in line with the Road Map, on several tracks. It has so far succeeded in establishing the principles of justice, freedom and democracy, as a basis for good governance. This will be followed by parliamentary elections, then presidential elections, so that the transitional phase ends by next spring."

Mr. Fahmy invited all Egyptians to participate in "all phases of the political process".

However, he noted, they had to renounce all violence and terrorism or acts of incitement.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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