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Egyptian President Pledges Reforms After Victory

11 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- President Hosni Mubarak pledged today to pursue democratic reforms in Egypt after he swept to a fifth term in office.

Speaking to members of his ruling National Democratic Party, Mubarak renewed promises to amend Egypt's constitution to give more powers to the parliament and reduce those held by the president's office.

He also pledged to further civil liberties and make it possible for more political parties to form.

Official results gave Mubarak more than 88 percent of the vote in Egypt's first multicandidate election on 7 September.

Despite a turnout of only 23 percent and allegations of voting irregularities, Mubarak said Egyptians and democracy were "the real winners" of the elections.