Thursday, May 31, 2012

Election not living up to revolution, says Arab League chief

Al-Masry Al-Youm

"Although the presidential election is fair, it is not living up to the 25 January revolution that impressed the world early last year, the Arab League secretary general told London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

“As an Egyptian citizen I am in a state of sadness because I did not expect the great revolution, which the whole world talked about, to end up with two uncomfortable options: either a theocratic state or an improved copy of the former regime,” said Nabil al-Araby, referring to first-round victors Mohamed Morsy and Ahmed Shafiq. Araby was himself once expected to run for president....

“Most people consider the results of the election to be very bad, and the only thing that represents a glimmer of hope is that the hands of the clock cannot go back,” Araby said, referring to a potential return to Mubarak’s rule......"

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