Not What They Ex­pected

Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

Though the first wave of Egyp­tian elec­tions have been con­ducted, un­cer­tainty and ap­pre­hen­sion still pre­vails. Your ar­ti­cle on the Egyp­tian elec­tions de­scribed crit­i­cally the role of the youth in not only over­throw­ing the Mubarak regime but also get­ting in­volved in the po­lit­i­cal process that was to fol­low. It is true, the fer­vor, ded­i­ca­tion and pa­tri­o­tism of the Egyp­tian youth have be­come an ex­am­ple and mo­ti­va­tion for young peo­ple across the globe. How­ever, many across the world who were ex­pect­ing a free, open and lib­eral Egypt may be in for a sur­prise. For a coun­try that is un­aware of demo­cratic pro­cesses and har­bors a num­ber of Is­lamist groups, has in ef­fect un­leashed Is­lamic par­ties on to the fore­front. This is no more ev­i­dent than the Mus- lim Brother­hood com­fort­ably lead­ing the polls with the rad­i­cal Salafist party com­ing in as a close sec­ond. The Egyp­tian coali­tion, an al­liance of left and lib­eral par­ties, came in third place.

The highly-con­ser­va­tive Salafist party has asked for the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of Shariah and has called for turn­ing Egypt into an Is­lamic state. Though the Mus­lim Brother­hood has been prompt to dis­tance it­self from the Salafists, what is cer­tain is that Is­lamist par­ties will dom­i­nate the par­lia­ment, which in the fu­ture might strike a hard blow to the brave ef­forts of the youth and western in­ter­na­tional sup­port.

Tariq Fatemi Alexan­dria, Egypt

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