US still urging reform in Egypt: Touring the Middle East, Rice pushes democratic reform in Egypt while talking tough on Hamas. (Joseph Krauss, 2/23/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

While many of the liberal opposition groups question whether Washington will continue pressuring Egypt to undertake greater reform after Islamists – the Muslim Brotherhood – made electoral gains here and Hamas’s win in the Palestinian territories, Ms. Rice assured a group of dissidents Wednesday that the US will continue applying pressure.

“One good thing about having the [Egyptian] president stand for election and ask for the consent of the governed is that there is a program,” Rice told a group of dissidents, editors and professors, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

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