March 29, 2012 · 0 Comments
|Subject:||Egyptians Work to Build a Democracy|
|Date:||Fri, 16 Mar 2012|
New York Times
I was particularly interested in the essay by Carol Giacomo, (Despite the Army’s Obstruction, Egyptians Work to Build a Democracy. NYT op-ed, 10 March 2012). I have just spent several days discussing, among other things, on his recent visit to Geneva, just that question with an old friend and colleague who is also a member of the Egyptian parliament. He confirms much of what Ms Giacomo says.
He believes that it is the army that is preventing a democratic solution to Egypt’s problems because they are unwilling to cede power to a civilian, elected government. His assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood is equally harsh as they are not really popular, but are being financed, along with the more extreme religious groups, by the Saudis. As usual, it is the well financed power structure that hopes to keep the citizenry in poverty, while they sustain a traditionally corrupt elite.
My friend, whose name I am not at liberty to reveal, has been asked, but is an undecided candidate for the coming presidential elections. I would hope, that should he decide to run and win, that his liberal democratic views would prevail.
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