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Sunday, June 24, 2012

At last

Egypt has its first ever democratically-elected civilian President.

Just pause for a moment to take that in.

I shall move into glass-half-full mode, where hope triumphs over expectations, and hope that the army won't instantly decide that the first should also be the last. He sounds promising, though what sounds good to me may be anathema to an army used to running the place.

"There is no such thing called an Islamic democracy. There is democracy only. ... The people are the source of authority," he said.

Asked about the role of women, he vowed that "women's rights are equal to men."

And asked whether he would maintain Egypt's 1979 accord with Israel, Morsi answered, "Yes, of course I will. I will respect it provided the other side keep it up and respect it."

Not much danger of that promise ever being tested then  (:-))


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