Egypt: The drama of the presidential race

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Monday, 16 April 2012 18:03

This post is part of our special coverage of the 2011 Revolution in Egypt .

It is reported that since January 25, 2011, have diminished the profits of the Egyptian film industry [in], and the main reason should be that the drama in the political arena since that time can not be defeated by any film. The suspense has already reached the top thanks to the presidential election race.

Hazem Salah's mother
Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail [in] the cleric Salafist , is one of the candidates with the best chance of success, with lots of supporters and countless posters across the country . However, a few weeks ago came the news that his mother may have U.S. citizenship, and as the constitutional reform made ​​last year provides that applicants are not eligible for the presidential election if at least one parent or spouse has nationality foreign Abou Ismail could be disqualified if it is found.

Demonstration in Tahrir Square on April 13, 2012. Image by Flickr user Mosa'ab Elshamy (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Since then, conflicting reports have been appearing daily, and in recent weeks has been normal to see people requesting updates:

@ AmrEzzat : هو إيه آخر أخبار مسلسل السيدة الفاضلة والدة حازم صلاح أبو إسماعيل?
@ AmrEzzat : What is the latest in the drama about the mother of Hazem Salah Abou Ismail?

It is an ironic situation because the Salafi fought for constitutional reforms:

@ Mohamed_Habib_T : ما يثير الضحك والبكاء هو أن السلفيين الذين أيدوا التعديلات الدستورية بقوة هم أول من اصطلى بنارها فى أزمة الجنسية الأمريكية لوالدة حازم صلاح
@ Mohamed_Habib_T : What makes you laugh and mourn at once is that the Salafists who supported the constitutional amendments are the first to get burned by these reforms in this dilemma about the citizenship of the mother estadounidnese Hazem Salah.

According to Egyptian law, a person must obtain approval before applying for citizenship of another country and do not mean that local authorities are not aware of the second nationality. Knowing that, Abou Ismail, who is a lawyer, filed a lawsuit asking the Interior Minsterio to prove U.S. citizenship from his mother, which could not be [en]. Doing this changes the question of whether his mother is a U.S. citizen or if the Home Office has any documents to prove it, and on Wednesday 11 Court reinvigorated the dream presidential Hazem Salah [in], pending the final decision of the Supreme Committee for Elections.

Chess Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Muslim Brotherhood
The following two candidates are Khairat El Shater [in] and Omar Suleiman . The Muslim Brotherhood presented Khairat El Shater in the race [in] very recently, despite a previous commitment not to nominate a candidate for president [in]. Up drove Abdel-Monem Aboul-Futouh [in] the Brotherhood to challenge before that commitment.

Shortly after Omar Suleiman entered the race . Zeinobia wrote about his income [in]:

Others believe it is the response of the Supreme Conseio Armed Forces [in] the nomination of El Shater and that the military is using the fear of Islamists is growing among the middle class.

Suleiman was vice president of Mubarak, but according to Zeinobia he gave the following announcement:

I decided to run for president in order to achieve the objectives and goals of the revolution of January 25!

The Muslim Brotherhood compared Khairat El Shater, who was imprisoned several times in times of Mubarak-with the Prophet Joseph came out of prison to rule Egypt. Zeinobia said [in]:

The boys of the Muslim Brotherhood Joseph decided it was 2012 that the Egyptian economy saved! Of course the old Joseph, the true Prophet Joseph did not ask the privatization of water or electricity or that allow the private sector that would control the infrastructure of a Third World country which suffered much corruption in the last 30 years !

He added how the supporters of Omar Suleiman compared it to the King Solomon , and compared to their opponents with ants [in] to be hiding or crush:

The interesting opponent in the presidential election Shater, Omar Soliman now described by its supporters as King Solomon!
In a press release issued today by the campaign Soliman, Samual Al Ashay, find a quote from Mohamed Anatar. [...] Anater ended his statement with a warning to the Muslim Brotherhood with a quotation from the Koran: "O ants, go home, or be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers, without them noticing."

The revolutionaries and the Muslim Brotherhood have joined in rejecting Suleiman. Raafatology wrote [in] how Suleiman the belief that the revolutionaries would support him to rescue them from the Muslim Brotherhood is totally wrong:

ظن الرجل أننا سنرحب بمخططه الشيطانى ونهلل له كمنقذ على حصان أبيض حتى يخلصنا من الإخوان و السلفين ومن على شاكلتهم
ظن وظنه الخطأ. فنحن رغم ما عانيناه من الإخوان ومن تلونهم والعمل على مصلحتهم فقط فلن نقبل يوما بعمر سليمان رئيسا للخلاص من الإخوان وكذبهم ونفاقهم السياسى
This man thought he would receive his diabolical plan well and applaud as a savior on a white horse to rescue us from the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi. This is what he believes, but is totally wrong. Despite what we suffer from the Muslim Brotherhood and how they changed their position and worked only their own interests, never stand with Omar Suleiman as president to save him from his lies and political hypocrisy.

Parliament with its Muslim majority, has been working to pass a law banning the "remnants" (loyal unreformed of the old regime) to enter the presidential race:

@ alaa : دلوقتي مجلس الشغب اصدر قانون العزل و بصياغة يبدوا انها جيدة, يتبقى ان يصدق عليه المجلس العسكري. نزول الاخوان غدا لضمان التصديق
@ alaa : Now Parliament has prepared a law of political isolation, and its shape appears to be good. Now it is turn of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces approved, and the Muslim Brotherhood will manifest tomorrow to ensure that approval.

The recent tension [in] between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the actions they have taken both in the presidential race, did Mohamed Ibrahim described the race as a chess game:

@ M_I_A_H : نحن مجرد متفرجين على لعبه شطرنج تلعب على اعلى مستوى ما بين القوى السياسه و المجلس العسكرى
@ M_I_A_H : We are mere spectators of a game of chess at the highest level between the Political forces and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

The game-changing
On Saturday April 14 came the news that everything took a turn, as infiormó AhramOnline [in]:

The entity that supervisas presidential elections in Egypt ten candidates disqualified from the race on Saturday, including Khairat al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood, former spy chief Omar Suleiman and Sheik Salah Abu Hazem salafta-Ismail, Ayman Nour, and Mortada Mansour.

Candidates still have 48 hours to appeal the decision, although the disqualification of the three candidates mentioned above has been the focus of most discussions on Twitter and blogs.

Bassem Sabry gave detailed reasons [in] about why each candidate is disqualified.

Mahmoud Ahmad Ali mocked the fact that all the candidates were disqualified at once:

@ Ahmadmahmoudali : انباء عن استبعاد جميع مرشحين الرئاسة و إلغاء منصب رئيس الجمهورية
@ Ahmadmahmoudali : The news is that all candidates have been disqualified and cancel the post of president.

Farid Salem expects the remaining candidates are very happy, especially Aboul Fotouh [in] and Amr Moussa :

@ farid56 : النهاردة سهرة سعيدة لابو الفتوح, ولعمرو موسي
@ farid56 : This will be a happy night for Aboul Fotouh and Amr Moussa.

Shokr Ahmad said:

@ ahmadshokr : Omar Suleiman disqualified for failing to collect the necessary signatures from 15 governorates. The deep state may not be as deep, after all. # Egypt [Egypt]

As Tarek Shalaby elections could not care less:

@ tarekshalaby : This election is entirely for entertainment and anthropological purposes, have nothing to do with our ongoing revolution. # Jan25] January 25]

And finally, Ahmed Abd Rabo went further, seeing a conspiracy cooked:

@ 3bdrabo25 : استبعاد 10 مرشحين هل كان لدفع انصارهم للشارع مع ازدياد الازمات هل لفرض صراع بينهم او مع الدولة كمبرر لفرض احكام عرفية. هل هناك انتخابات
@ 3bdrabo25 : Does descalifiación ten candidates was to push his supporters to take to the streets? And with an increase in the current crisis could end up with fights between them or between them and the state, which then would be used as a justification to establish martial law? Will there be elections?

This post is part of our special coverage of the 2011 Revolution in Egypt .

Written by Tarek Amr · Translated by Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe · View original post [en] · Comments (0)
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