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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

And the latest...

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsCont...i-promote.aspx

Oh dear.... what can one say.

However, I do think Sisi will not run for President. He does not need to.

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Old 27.01.2014, 19:52
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And the latest...

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsCont...i-promote.aspx

Oh dear.... what can one say.

However, I do think Sisi will not run for President. He does not need to.


Like I said- who is Adly Mansour? I can read the Wikipedia write-up bio, that's not what I meant, who is he really?
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Old 27.01.2014, 20:39
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

To get an idea, just think of the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest winner...

http://cool-sound.eu/MP3/ENGLISH/PUP...NDY%20SHAW.mp3

Mind you, it seems I have miscalculated. Despite Sisi's promotion today, the rumours are becoming very strong now in Egypt this evening, that he will be nominated for the Presidential election.

Hmmm.... 30 more years....

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Like I said- who is Adly Mansour? I can read the Wikipedia write-up bio, that's not what I meant, who is he really?
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

Sisi to me is the puppet- just like the Shah of Iran. But then again the Ayatollah was also instituted under the auspices of the US- until he became an renegade. Will Sisi go it alone or will he be another Muburak?


Some Middle- Easterners say, that it has to be this way, to fight against Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is a very useful bogeyman, why not just strike them at the funding source in Saudi Arabia, if you really wanted to get rid of them?


Al Quaeda have proved quite useful in Syria, made a mockery of the rebellion.


Do Egyptians really have to be led like sheep by a dictator? I thought they were educated? They should have got behind El Baradei, but then perhaps that would have been too much for Netanyahu. Perhaps soon they will announce new agreements to Netanyahu's satisfaction?


One thing that I do know, is that when you are on the ground, in a revolution, sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees- it's the fog of war.
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Like I said- who is Adly Mansour? I can read the Wikipedia write-up bio, that's not what I meant, who is he really?

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To get an idea, just think of the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest winner...

http://cool-sound.eu/MP3/ENGLISH/PUP...NDY%20SHAW.mp3

Mind you, it seems I have miscalculated. Despite Sisi's promotion today, the rumours are becoming very strong now in Egypt this evening, that he will be nominated for the Presidential election.

Hmmm.... 30 more years....
Well, General al-Sisi had the history of his county in his mind. "Puppets-on-a-string" in Egypt (General Naguib as an example) managed to turn the table and to become actual leaders. The country with its pharaonic-centralist tradition will give REAL authority to the state-president

He at the other hand has seen to what extent General Michel Sulaiman (Generalissimo in Lebanon) managed to make the office of the state president, which according to the Ta'if constitution is below the role of the prime-minister into the actual centre of power. General Sulaiman DOES work with the multi-party coalition and the multi-party parliament (really democratically elected). He not only moved Hizb'Ullah, the minor of the two Shi'ite parties into parliament, but gave more power to the Secularist Shi'ite Amal Party PLUS ministerial seats to the Maronite Phalange party

To have the role of "chief of state" limited to a ceremonial thing as in Britain and Germany and the Netherlands does work in Europe

Look to Algeria. Many regard Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika as "the puppet" of the armed forces. Which is wrong in TWO ways. First, he co-founded exactly this army as a very young guerillero leader under Ahmed Bourkharouba (Boumediène) and second he uses his military links as a kind of security structure.

Finally to the armed forces. The armed forces have quite a heavy role in countries like Israel, Switzerland and Britain. Most Swiss Federal Presidents were high-ranking army officers

Enough considerations for General al-Sisi to become democratically elected State President
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

Always interesting to hear what My Bliar has to say

Tony Blair backs Egypt's government and criticises Brotherhood
Former British PM says Muslim Brotherhood was stealing Egypt's revolution and army intervention has put it on right path


Tony Blair said the army had intervened after the Brotherhood tried to take Egypt 'away from its basic values of hope and progress'. Photograph: Chris Jackson/PA

Tony Blair has given staunch backing to Egypt's government following a meeting on Wednesday with its army leader, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

In a television interview on Thursday morning, Britain's former prime minister said Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood had stolen Egypt's revolution, and the army who deposed him last July had put the country back on the path to democracy.

"This is what I say to my colleagues in the west," said Blair, visiting Egypt as a representative of the UN, the US, the EU and Russia in their attempts to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. "The fact is, the Muslim Brotherhood tried to take the country away from its basic values of hope and progress. The army have intervened, at the will of the people, but in order to take the country to the next stage of its development, which should be democratic. We should be supporting the new government in doing that."

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed by Sisi following days of mass protests. His many critics said Morsi had authoritarian leanings and that his removal was essential to prevent Egypt from eventually turning into an autocratic theocracy.

Rights groups say the government that replaced him has been anything but democratic – with more than a thousand dissidents killed, thousands more arrested, and the right to free assembly and free speech severely curbed. The day before Blair's comments were aired, 20 journalists were referred to court on terrorism allegations – charges a leading rights lawyer said returned Egypt to the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.

Blair's office did not respond to a query about how the west could promote democracy without criticising lapses in democratic values.

In his television interview, he said: "Right here in Egypt I think it is fundamental that the new government succeeds, that we give it support in bringing in this new era for the people of Egypt. And, you know, we can debate the past and it's probably not very fruitful to do so, but right now I think it's important the whole of the international community gets behind the leadership here and helps."

Blair's comments are in keeping with his previous comments on the region. In the past, he has been supportive of autocratic rulers toppled during the 2011 revolutions such as Hosni Mubarak and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. His comments drew criticism from other British-based Middle East specialists.

"The Middle East is a huge region and cannot be broken down into simplistic black-and-white realities, into blocks of good and evil, or as one picture as Tony Blair continually promotes," said Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.

"Too often the peoples in the region are presented a false choice between religious-based parties such as the Brotherhood and secular dictatorship. We should reject that. For sure the Muslim Brotherhood under Morsi failed to deliver but neither are the current Egyptian authorities [delivering].

"Dangerously, Blair and others are turning a blind eye to the suppression of human rights, the widespread arrests, the crackdown on freedom of media and the absence of rule of law. These bear the hallmarks of the security state dictatorship under Mubarak, a man Blair described in 2011 as a 'force for good' even as his [the former dictator's] security forces were killing Egyptians in the streets."

At the time of Mubarak's overthrow in 2011, Blair warned that his removal would lead to the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood: "They are extremely well organised and well funded whereas those people who are out on the street at the moment, many of them will be extremely well intentioned people but they're not organised in political parties yet."
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

Now the government's resigned en mass.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26323638

What's that all about then.
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Now the government's resigned en mass.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26323638

What's that all about then.
It won't be long before Morsi is referred to as the Egyptian Mandela
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

A woman enters the fray!


" A woman succeeded to presidency in a major Egyptian political party over the weekend, marking a stunning turnaround for this traditionalist country"
"I was on the party’s steering committee under Mohamed ElBaradei. We haven’t met ever since he left Egypt. But I think that chances for his political comeback are rather slim. The thing is that he once addressed the party caucus via video link and wished us luck and said his political career in Egypt was over. He also said that the young must go ahead with the common cause.
Egypt’s Defense Minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has not yet confirmed that he will run for presidency, but he is largely perceived as a presidential candidate and has been openly backed by many prominent politicians. What’s your party’s take on him? http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_0...ukrallah-9319/
As a democratic party, we believe that Egypt should be run by a civilian. It’s essential that civil society institutions have control over the president, because we need guarantees that there’ll be a separation of powers in Egypt, like politicians doing their job and the military doing theirs."
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

Some English newspapers are claiming that tourism in Egypt is 90% down versus last year; hard to believe?
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Some English newspapers are claiming that tourism in Egypt is 90% down versus last year; hard to believe?

Maybe not. I know that my sister and sister-in-law are not going his year. Believe me, if they were offered the same prices as last year they would go. they all had a great time.


Perhaps, the holidays are not being promoted as they were before?
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Some English newspapers are claiming that tourism in Egypt is 90% down versus last year; hard to believe?
Tour operators continued their programs to Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheikh but did not renew them. Now, General Field Marshal as-Sisi and his crew want to re-start tourism, not just to Red Sea destinations but also to Aswan, Luxor, Cairo and Alexandria.
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

Sisi elected president with 96% majority (Even Mubarak didn't manage that).

Well done, "Arab Spring"
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Sisi elected president with 96% majority (Even Mubarak didn't manage that).

Well done, "Arab Spring"
with 23 million legitimate votes in a transparent elections & we're proud, that's what democracy is all about & nothing about not electing a military man......you might wanna see the inauguration on Sunday to know how the world powers distribution look like now
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

I agree - Egypt will get the kind of "democracy" it deserves.
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Back to square minus one
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Sisi elected president with 96% majority (Even Mubarak didn't manage that).

Well done, "Arab Spring"
Yeah, of those who actually voted.

"The official turnout was 47.45%, far lower than Mr Sisi had hoped for as an endorsement and only achieved after an additional third day of voting.

Before the election, he declared that he wanted 40 million, or 74%, to cast their ballots to show that there was "consensus on a national level"."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27687021

Still, even that turnout is better than many other, more "democratic" countries manage.
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Re: Egypt "Jan 25 - Day of revolution" [Update: Mubarak resigns]

Three lost years of blood and tears...
Thousands of lives lost...
Millions of lives ruined.

I really do not want even to think about it all. I just want to cry.

What a waste, oh Egypt, what a waste.
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