‘Mubarak`s era is over, now time for real democracy’

US has said that now it is time to work towards achieving the goal of real democracy in Egypt.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 09:51 AM IST

Washington: Noting that President Hosni
Mubarak`s era is over, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that now it is time to work towards achieving the goal of real democracy in Egypt, which she felt could take time.

"The Mubarak era is over. There is a new effort that
is just beginning, and I think it is an - it`s important that
the US be seen as supporting the transition to democracy, and
that is where we stand. We are strongly in favour of it. We
want to see it as soon as it can come," Clinton told Al
Jazeera news television in interview.

She said that there was a need to keep an eye on the
outcome of `this incredible movement for change`, which she
feels could be hijacked by external or internal forces that do
not follow through on the promises made, do not realize the
aspirations of the Egyptian people.

"So our goal is to keep our eye on the outcome. Let us
get to democracy that will, once and for all, meet the needs
of the Egyptian people and give Egypt a chance to serve as a
model for the entire region that needs desperately to see
that," she said.

Clinton said people of Egypt need to keep up their political involvement and the real strength of their movement to get the changes necessary.
"I mean, those changes have been promised now. They
need to be delivered on. And there needs to be broad-based
inclusive representation going forward. So, different groups
within Egyptian society have to step forward to take
responsibility toward working in a unified way to achieve the
goals that have all been set," she said.

The US wants to be a good partner and friend as they
make this transition, she said.

"Three weeks ago, no one would have guessed that so
much could have happened that would have been so responsive to
the needs and aspirations that we heard coming from Tahrir
Square," she said.
"And now, like so many kinds of movements for change,
the hard work of actually putting into place the steps that
are necessary must be pursued, and it needs to be pursued as
expeditiously as possible with as broad and inclusive a group
of Egyptians involved. But we`re just at the beginning of the
transition," she said.

Appreciating the role of Egyptian military, so far,
Clinton said "...the role that the army played during the last
weeks as a guarantor of the Egyptian state, as a institution
that was well-respected by the Egyptian people, was absolutely
essential."

PTI