Anti-corruption projects, election monitoring initiatives and other democracy programs in Egypt are likely to be affected by the current U.S. administration’s move to cut down support for Egypt’s democratization, The Associated Press says. The Obama administration has reduced democracy funds for Egypt by approximately 50 percent in 2009, the news agency notes. The move has drawn criticism that the U.S. is easing off its pressure on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic government.
The U.S. Agency for International Development said the U.S. is still committed to promoting democracy and human rights in Egypt. The agency explained that the cuts only reflect Washington’s move to decrease nonmilitary aid to the African country.