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Egypt: Gizeh

If the Muslim Brotherhood can institute social reforms they will convince the people that there is in fact a real authority in the country other than just the military. If the people’s demands can be satisfied, or at least an escape valve for their anger made available (economic progress), then Egypt may well become analogous to Pakistan in which there are basically two governments, the ISI and elected politicians; the military would likely wield more control because of its force capabilities and foreign military aid. I’m not sure if that is favorable compared to some type of representative democracy which elected officials are at the helm of the military. After all Pakistan endures a considerable amount of violent domestic terrorism (partly the cause of Pakistan’s involvement in the Global War on Terrorism yes, but that is not the only cause of civil strife within the country). I truly do hope that Egypt can peacefully find its way to authentic and functioning self-governance.


The decision took an excruciatingly long time to announce. Not only had the original schedule been pushed back a couple of days for declaring a winner in Egypt’s first democratic presidential election. But when the Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) finally came out to meet the press and present its findings on Sunday, its chairman went on a virtual filibuster about calumnies against his group, swinging from perceived bias to pointillist detail about electoral minutiae as the entire country awaited the verdict. Finally — almost grudgingly — the SPEC certified that Mohamed Morsy of the Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, the political organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, had been elected President by 51.73% to 48.27% for Ahmed Shafik, the former Prime Minister under deposed President Hosni Mubarak who was the other contender in the runoff.

Filling Cairo’s immense Tahrir Square with its supporters, the Brotherhood celebrated the news. It…

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