- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Carter Center has closed its Egyptian field office and officials say they’re not sending observers to Egypt’s parliamentary elections later this year.

The center’s officials announced the closure in a statement Wednesday, saying the country’s political environment is deeply polarized and “the upcoming elections are unlikely to advance a genuine democratic transition in Egypt.”

Carter Center officials say observations of Egypt’s elections would be limited by the country’s restrictive environment. Officials noted that Egypt has recently seen a crackdown on dissidents, critical journalists and more.

The organization urged Egyptian authorities to ensure protection of Egyptians’ rights to freedom of association and assembly.

The Egypt field office opened in 2011 after an uprising that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

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