February 11, 2011

Manchin Statement on the Resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in response to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the situation in Egypt:

“This is a historic day, one that has demonstrated the power of people to strive passionately and successfully toward substantial change in a peaceful manner. The Egyptian people want real democracy, free and fair elections, and a voice in their country’s future. I hope that the change in power that has been signaled today will bring the Egyptian people closer to achieving those aims and a better life for future generations.

“The determination of the Egyptian people inspires us and reminds each of us why we cherish our own democracy. While President Mubarak’s resignation will not transform Egypt overnight, I am hopeful that the Egyptian people will soon experience the freedom that they have so long desired.

“There are many questions about what will happen next, as well as concerns and even fears. I am hopeful that the transition to free and fair elections in Egypt will proceed in the nonviolent spirit of the protests. And I hope that Egypt will remain a strong partner of the United States of America and serve as a peaceful leader in the Middle East.”