International observers arrive in Cairo to monitor election

Several international missions arrived Monday at Cairo International Airport to monitor the president election set to start Wednesday.

A delegation from Morocco TV channel presided over by Wafaa al-Magdy al-Edrissy arrived on board a flight coming from Casablanca.

A Supreme Constitutional Court representative received members of the Danish election monitoring committee, which arrived from Copenhagen. Correspondents from French TV also arrived, coming from Paris.

Former US President Jimmy Carter, head of the Carter Center rights group, arrived in Cairo Sunday leading a delegation from Paris that will stay in Egypt for one week to monitor the election. Egypt allowed 22 observers from the Carter Center to join 80 other people coming from different countries to monitor the first election after Hosni Mubarak resigned from office amid the uprising last year.

European Union representatives arrived in Cairo coming from Addis Ababa and Johannesburg, sources said.

The head of the Turkish high elections commission arrived from Istanbul, while former Seychelles President Sir James Mancham arrived from New York on board an Egyptian flight.

Several other international observers arrived Sunday coming from New York and European cities.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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