Egypt Independent

US Ambassador: Referendum turnout big step towards revolution demands



The voter turnout for Egypt's referendum on a package of proposed constitutional amendments was unprecedented and an important step towards achieving the demands of the 25 January Revolution, said US Ambassador to Cairo Margaret Scooby.

Millions of Egyptians peacefully voted on Saturday on amendments to certain articles of the 1971 constitution.

Scooby told reporters on Sunday that the level of participation in the referendum made her optimistic.

“We’re evaluating voting reports,” Scooby said. “Regardless of the final outcome, the unexpected number of Egyptians flocking to the polling stations to exercise their right in a peaceful way will establish the basis for progress, while Egyptians are drawing their democratic future.”

Translated from the Arabic Edition