Billionaire Facing Death Threats Says Egypt Risks Becoming Iran – Bloomberg   Leave a comment

Sawiris’s anguish is writ large in Egypt and beyond as newly liberated populations wrestle with the unaccustomed task of reinventing political systems — and the economic and civil institutions that go with them. On Nov. 28, Egyptians will begin voting for a new parliament that will appoint a committee to rewrite the constitution. The Free Egyptians party is pushing a secular, free-market agenda ahead of the elections. With the worsening economy set to foster more turmoil, the party is also advocating social programs for the poor.

Dreams of Democracy

For Egypt, the elections will determine whether the dreams of pro-democracy demonstrators will become reality or be smashed by sectarian turmoil and continued military rule. At stake for the wider region is whether Islamists or secular parties gain the upper hand and whether newly elected governments can kick- start stalled economies.

via Billionaire Facing Death Threats Says Egypt Risks Becoming Iran – Bloomberg.

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Posted November 1, 2011 by arnoneumann in Middle East

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