Rami Khouri on Egypt

Egypt’s Return to National Integrity
Agence Global
May 26, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Egypt

“BEIRUT — Many historic things have happened across the Arab world since December 2010, when Mohammad Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Sidi Bouzid town in rural Tunisia sparked the uprisings and home-grown regime changes that continue to define much of the region. To my mind, the single most profound event to date was the Egyptian presidential election that took place last Wednesday and Thursday. I write this on Friday, before knowing the results, but then the results are not the most important thing about this election. That distinction goes to the mere fact that the election took place, with 50 million Egyptians eligible for the first time in three generations to choose their president from a field of candidates that offered real choices.”

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