Former United States President Jimmy Carter praised Egypt’s presidential election, particularly the high participation, considering it a model for the world to follow. Carter said, “The Carter Centre to monitor elections – which he heads – has monitored more than 90 elections worldwide, but the most important was Egypt’s presidential election, which was blessed with transparency, an eagerness to participate, integrity and an overwhelming turnout”, the Middle East News Agency reported. Carter’s statement came during his meeting with Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb in his office.
The former US President pressed on the importance of empowering Egyptian women by granting them their complete legitimate rights. Carter visited some polling stations in Sayeda Zaeinb and Zayeda Aasha on Wednesday, on the first day of polling, to check up on the electoral process. He arrived to Cairo a few days ago to observe what is considered Egypt’s first real presidential election.