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US: Sooner Is Better For Fair Egypt Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States says the sooner Egypt holds free and fair elections, the better.

Comments at the State Department on Wednesday went beyond hints dropped earlier this week that the U.S. would prefer that elections now slated for September be moved up.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says the U.S. wants to see what he calls free, fair and credible elections. And he adds, in his words, "The sooner that can happen, the better."

Crowley stressed that any decision on presidential voting is up to the people of Egypt.

President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election.