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Reinfeldt urges Egyptians to stay calm

Published onsdag 2 februari 2011 kl 16.07

When the prime ministers of the European Union meet in Brussels on Friday they won’t just discuss energy and economy. Egypt is also likely to be a hot topic. Swedish Radio News spoke to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt about what the EU should do.  

”There is so much hope in the air and a population that calls for freedom and reforms but it is also important to point out: don’t use violence, let people speak through the ballot and not use their fists.”

Do you think this will lead to democracy in Egypt?  

“I think there is an opening, a possibility, if it is used right way it can lead to democracy. I believe that many of the calls for reforms and the possibility to chose their own leaders is also a call for democracy.”

What can and should the European Union do?

“This is a situation where you need to find different parties to speak to. There is a possibility, now, to form an opposition. But also, this is a nation that has been in a state of emergency. For the past 30 years Egypt has been ruled by the same person. Now he has said that he will resign, but to believe that there are well organised and prepared alternatives … this is not always the case.”

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