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Rice Cites Progress in Egypt — but Seeks More

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who departs today on a diplomatically challenging visit to the Middle East, called the contested presidential elections planned for later this year in Egypt a “positive development” but said more needs to be done before Egypt can claim to have completely free elections. “Democracy isn’t a single-day event,” Rice told reporters at her first full-scale Washington news conference as secretary of state. She said the Egyptian government must recognize that “a lot of people are going to be watching” to see whether candidates think they have been treated fairly, including having access to the government-controlled press.Full Story

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