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State institutions hold no bias toward particular candidate: Mansour

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Those who do not participate in political life run risk of being ruled by someone who does not represent their interests, says interim president

In this handout picture taken and released by the Egyptian Presidency,  Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour addresses the nation in Cairo on May 25, 2014, calling for people to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. Egyptians will vote on May 26 and May 27 in a presidential election and Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi , who overthrew President Mohamed Morsi 11 months ago, is seen by many as the front runner.   (AFP PHOTO/ Egyptian Presidency)

In this handout picture taken and released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour addresses the nation in Cairo on May 25, 2014, calling for people to vote in the upcoming Presidential election.
(AFP PHOTO/ Egyptian Presidency)

All state institutions are without bias toward either presidential candidate, interim President Adly Mansour stressed Sunday, during an address to the nation calling on Egypt’s voters to participate in the elections.

Following he called the success of constitutional referendum in January, Mansour said state institutions are committed to proceeding with the country’s transitional roadmap.

The Egyptian head of state said: “Democracy should not be limited to the downfall of oppressive regimes, but needs to grow and develop so that the people gain [from it].”

He added that those who do not participate in political life run risk of being ruled by someone who does not represent their interests.

Mansour said he was pleased the results of the expatriate vote and the “unprecedented voter turnout”.

He concluded by asserting that voting in the upcoming presidential elections would help build “our homeland” and would prove to “ourselves and the entire world that what happened was not an uprising against an oppressive and a failed regime but a mature revolution that aims for success and construction.”

Adly Mansour who at the time held the position of the Head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was appointed as Egypt’s Interim President in early July following the military backed ouster of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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