Sunday, February 27, 2005

Go Egypt!!!

Hosni Mubarak announced yesterday that he will ask the Egyptian Parliament to allow presidential elections featuring more than one candidate. This historic move, while futile in the short term, will allow for more democratic elections in the most heavily populated nation in the Arab world. Mubarak and his party, the National Democratic Party, has had a death grip on presidential elections since the 70s. I say the move is futile in the short term since Mubarak will not have stiff competition for some time. Still, this constitutional amendment is a big step for Egypt. Do you think regional protests or American pressure had a greater impact on the Egyptian government?


Anonymous little john said...

V-I dig the blog. I think the answer to the question is a combination, although I guess a better question may be did the Iraqi election (a result of U.S. "pressure") initiate these public protests/presure? That's for historians to judge in the future. I am just happy for the people of the Middle East and am also satisfied that the people who said democracy was not compatible with Arabs/Islam have some egg on their face. (Have I spoken too soon?)

12:42 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Outstanding point little john!

11:00 PM  

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