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Caricom welcomes Mubarak decision


CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman, Tillman Thomas, has welcomed the peaceful transition of power in Egypt describing the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak as “a momentous occasion”. 
“I think it is a transition that we all be supportive off because they have a situation where the people are calling for more democratic rights and you have the military actually cooperating with the transition,” said Thomas, who is also Grenada’s Prime Minister. 
He told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the resignation “should send a message to the world that the time has come for autocratic to be  out of office . 
“The world is becoming more of a global village with the advent of the Internet and communication, people are seeing what is happening and it is difficult to suppress people’s rights permanently as it has been done in the past. 
“So it is really a victory for democracy and the democratic forces and i expect all those who support democracy and democratic institutions to give whatever aid and assistance to help Egypt build a borad based democracy,” he added. 
Mubarak, who has been in office for more than three decades, stepped down after three weeks of demonstrations by various groups calling for more openness, transparency and the lifting of undemocratic measures in the North African country.  (CMC)

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