Senate Democrats

Reid Statement On Resolution Calling For Mubarak To Immediately Begin Transition To Democracy And Enact Reforms To Hold Free, Fair And Internationally Credible Elections

Washington, D.C. –Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement tonight after the Senate passed a resolution calling on Egypt to begin the transition to a democratic political system:

“I strongly support Senator Kerry and Senator McCain’s bipartisan resolution which passed the Senate tonight. The resolution calls on President Mubarak to immediately begin an orderly and peaceful transition to a democratic political system, including the transfer of power to an inclusive interim caretaker government and to enact reforms to hold free, fair, and internationally credible elections.

“I condemn the recent violence and will stand with the Egyptian people as they demand the opportunities and rights that all citizens deserve. I am also concerned about reports that foreign journalists have been intimidated, targeted, and detained and this resolution makes it clear that the Senate believes in freedom of press in Egypt.

“The Egyptian people have sent a clear message that it is time for change. The Senate heard that message and we will continue support the people of Egypt as they determine their future.”