UK Daily Mail
Feb 11, 2011
EU leaders have renewed calls today for a new government in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak vowed to remain power despite mass pro-democracy protests.
Foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Mr Mubarak’s defiant speech late last night ‘has not yet opened the way to faster and deeper reforms’.
She called for free and fair elections and the state of emergency, which has been in place since Mr Mubarak took power 30 years ago, to be lifted.
Ms Ashton said in a statement: ‘An orderly and irreversible transition towards democracy and free and fair elections is the shared objective of both the EU and the Egyptian people.
‘The lifting of the state of emergency… must be implemented as soon as possible.’
Jerzy Buzek, president of the EU Parliament, said that ‘a new government including all democratic forces is crucial for this transition’.
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