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Party of European Socialists condemns new constitution

Party president states referendum voted on by few, represents even smaller faction of Egyptians

PES Interim President Sergei Stanishev(Photo from PES website)
PES Interim President Sergei Stanishev
(Photo from PES website)

The Party of European Socialists (PES) released a statement Monday condemning the “unrepresentative” constitution which passed despite the low voting turn-out rate.

The PES announced it will hold a conference in Egypt during mid-January alongside regional social democratic parties, Socialists & Democrats (S&D) groups in the European Parliament and the Global Progressive Forum.

In its statement, the PEC accused President Mohamed Morsy of having “rushed” the referendum on the constitution; conducting it only two weeks after the final draft of the referendum was submitted. They added that with only 30 per cent of eligible voters taking part in the referendum, and only 60 per cent of them voting “Yes”, the results express all but the reservations Egyptians have against the constitution.

“This referendum on the draft constitution was voted on by very few, and will represent even fewer,” Party of European Socialists President, Sergei Stanishev, said. He added that avoiding further divisions is currently crucial after “an opportunity to build democracy with the support of all Egyptian people has today regretfully been missed.”

Mr. Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&D group, stated that hope remains in the next parliamentary elections. “There is still a chance to vote for a more balanced and representative parliament as an expression of the new democratic life in Egypt,” Swoboda said.

The PES is a European social democratic party which dates back to the 1960s. The PES, comprising of social democratic parties from all across Europe, forms the S&D group.

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