Egypt’s Post Elections Dilemma

by Dr Ashraf Ismail on Thrusday, May 24th, 2012 at 09:20am ·


The world needs to know that Egypt is now going through a very critical stage. The presidential election is taking place on the 23rd and 24th of May and will run for a good number of weeks. So, Egyptians are going to start voting for the first time in an open pro-democratic election. Among the 13 presidential candidates, there are few who have close connections with past-history and affiliated with terrorist groups. One or two candidates are willing to establish new close ties with other countries like Iran and groups which are also closely associated with terrorism.

On the other hand, there are 2 candidates; who are truly decent and with no ties to terrorism, Mr Amr Mousa and Mr Ahmed Shafiq. Both have served in the previous regime but are well known for their decency and proven track record in politics. The problem is that young Egyptians, who are not well informed with politics at all, don’t really like the last two mentioned names on the basis that they served in the previous government. And they argue that the revolution existed to oust all of the previous regime.

The majority of Egyptians now believe that this revolution which was only led by less than 3 million is not a true representation of the actual voice of Egyptians who are more than 80 millions. The majority feel that Egypt is now being hijacked by terrorist groups and by hooligans. The majority also will rely on the result of the ballet boxes and would hope that Mr Mousa or Shafiq would win to bring stability to Egypt and to win it back from the terrorists and the hooligans.

Sooner or later Egypt will need the International Communities to fight back those terrorists and oust them or totally eradicate them once and for all.


Dr ASHRAF ISMAIL is the Chairman of AIG Holding | UK & Middle East

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