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June 29, 2011

Egypt unprepared for September elections

June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011

This is very much along my line of belief, especially after visiting Cairo in April. The only party prepared for this elections is the Muslem brotherhood (&co), so this is very dangerous for the whole region. It will destroy a historical opportunity for the peoples of the region. Too unfortunate!

CAIRO — Egypt’s first post-revolution parliamentary elections are due to take place in just three months. But a near-total lack of preparation is prompting fears that the vote will be flawed, undermining the election’s legitimacy and marring a revolution that empowered the Egyptian people.
While the vote is slated for September, no election law has been declared, no electoral system has been announced, no districts drawn and no specific date set. Egyptians who had hoped to embrace democracy after three decades of Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic rule now worry that a troubled election in the Arab world’s most populous country could instead endanger reform efforts in Egypt and beyond.

“If Egypt builds a modern, civil state, that will color the whole region, and if it goes into a dark tunnel, it will take the region there with it,” he said.


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