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November 26, 2012            10:51 AM CT

An Egyptian court is set to hear a challenge to President Mohamed Mursi’s decree that placed his decisions above judicial review, a move that triggered some of the biggest demonstrations since last year’s uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

A Cairo administrative court has set a first hearing for Dec. 4 in the case brought by lawyers and judges including the head of Egypt’s judges’ association, Ahmed el-Zind, the court said in a faxed statement today.

“These are judicial procedures that we don’t interfere in, but at the end of the day there’s a presidential decree,” presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters in Cairo today.

Mursi’s Nov. 22 decrees sparked five days of unrest in the capital and other main cities and clashes between his foes and supporters. Secular parties and youth groups have called for mass protests tomorrow against the Muslim Brotherhood, which is organizing its own rallies in defense of the president.

from:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-26/egypt-court-to-hear-case-challenging-mursi-decree-dec-4.html

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Mohamed Mursi was born on August 20th, 1951 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Mursi

August 20th, 1951

August 20th

8 + 20 +2+0+1+2 = 33 = his personal year (from August 20th, 2012 to August 19th, 2013) = Will he stand his ground or cave in?

33 year + 11 (November) = 44 = his personal month (from November 20th, 2012 to December 19th, 2012) = Stay tuned for updates.  It is what it is.  Twitter.  Tweets.

44 month + 4 (4th of the month on Tuesday December 4th, 2012) = 48 = his personal day = Guidance.  Direction.

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07:40 EST              27 June 2012

A British journalist was brutally sexually assaulted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptians gathered to celebrate the nation’s presidential election results.

Natasha Smith, 21, has detailed how she was violently attacked by a ‘group of animals’ who stripped her naked, scratched and clenched her breasts and ‘forced their fingers inside her’.

She only escaped by donning men’s clothes and a burka and being whisked away to safety by two other men.

Islamist Morsy was declared Egypt's first freely elected president on Sunday, sparking joy among his Muslim Brotherhood supporters on the streets who vowed to continue a struggle to take power from the generals who retain ultimate control
Egyptians set off fireworks in Cairoís Tahrir Square as they celebrate the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Morsi, in Egypt's presidential elections on June 24, 2012

Mixed: Tahrir Square was a scene of celebration, but also of a horror, as Natasha Smith was assaulted

Brutal: Smith was attacked as thousands celebrated the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate as the new presidentBrutal: Smith was attacked as thousands celebrated the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate as the new president

Writing on her blog, she said: ‘All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.’

The incident occured on Sunday when Egyptians flooded the area celebrating the announcement Mohammed Morsi would be the nation’s first democratically elected leader.

Smith, who will graduate with an MA in International Journalism from University College Falmouth in August, was in Tahrir to film the crowd for a documentary on women’s rights.

But the initial ‘atmosphere of jubilation, excitement, and happiness’, quickly turned against her.

She said: ‘Just as I realised I had reached the end of the bridge, I noticed the crowd became thicker, and decided immediately to turn around to avoid Tahrir Square.

‘My friends and I tried to leave. I tried to put my camera back in my rucksack. But in a split second, everything changed.

Accidental leader: Mohammed Morsi waves to the crowd during a presidential campaign rallyAccidental leader: Mohammed Morsi waves to the crowd during a presidential campaign rally

Rammed: Tahrir Square has become a focus point for the Arab Spring

Rammed: Tahrir Square has become a focus point for the Arab Spring

‘Men had been groping me for a while, but suddenly, something shifted. I found myself being dragged from my male friend, groped all over, with increasing force and aggression.

‘I screamed. I could see what was happening and I saw that I was powerless to stop it. I couldn’t believe I had got into this situation.’

The former Weymouth College and University of Nottingham student said she was then stripped naked and assaulted.

Attacked: CBS reporter Lara Logan moments before she was assaulted in February 2011Attacked: CBS reporter Lara Logan moments before she was assaulted in February 2011

She wrote: ‘I began to think, ‘maybe this is just it. Maybe this is how I go, how I die. I’ve had a good life. Whether I live or die, this will all be over soon.’

A friend eventually reached her and managed to guide her to a medical tent. Local women helped protect her as she put on the burka and clothes.

She said: ‘The men outside remained thirsty for blood; their prey had been cruelly snatched from their grasp.

‘They peered in, so I had to duck down and hide. They attempted to attack the tent, and those inside began making a barricade out of chairs. They wanted my blood.’

She then escaped by posing as a stranger’s wife and walking out hand-in-hand with the man.

She added: ‘The women told me the attack was motivated by rumours spread by trouble-making thugs that I was a foreign spy.

‘But if that was the cause, it was only really used as a pretext, an excuse, to molest and violate a blonde young Western girl.’

Smith is not the first western woman to be assaulted while working in Egypt. CBS News’ Lara Logan was attacked during the 2011 revolution. She said ‘men in the crowd had raped me with their hands’.

Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy was also assaulted by Egyptian security forces in November.

And Smith has vowed that the abuse would not stop her from exposing the wider issue of sexual assault in the country.

Broken and battered: Mona Tahawy was brutally assaulted last yearBroken and battered: Mona Tahawy was brutally assaulted last year

She said: ‘I will overcome this and come back stronger and wiser. My documentary will be fuelled by my passion to help make people aware of just how serious this issue is.

‘It’s not just a passing news story that briefly gets people’s attention then is forgotten. This is a consistent trend and it has to stop.

‘Arab women, western women – there are so many sufferers.’

from:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2165445/British-journalist-Natasha-Smith-22-recalls-horrific-sexual-assault-Egypts-Tahrir-Square.html#ixzz1z1P1irrd

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Natasha Smith

5121181 14928                43

 

her path of destiny = 43 = Gathered to celebrate the nation’s presidential election results.  This is no fun.

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Natasha Smith

5                4

 

how she appears to the world = NM = 54 = Disrobed.

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Mohammed Morsi, the new Egyptian president

12:07 PM EDT                Sunday June 24, 2012

Mohamed Morsi was declared the new president of Egypt on Sunday, following the first democratic election in Egypt’s history.

The announcement triggered massive cheers and celebratory gunfire in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Authorities had been on “high alert” for potential violence if his rival Ahmed Shafik won. Instead, the huge crowd erupted in celebration — even in scorching temperatures near 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, had more than 13 million votes, while Shafik — the last prime minister to serve under ousted president Hosni Mubarak — had more than 12 million, election officials announced.

Morsi ended up with just under 52% of the vote, while Shafik got just over 48%, officials said.

The Muslim Brotherhood‘s Freedom and Justice Party, on Facebook, called the election result a “tribute to the martyrs of our revolution.” It vowed, “We will keep walking on the path.”

On Twitter, the Muslim Brotherhood said the “battle for democracy” and justice hasn’t ended, and “we will remain” in Tahrir.

The presidency is largely a figurehead position, as the country’s military rulers maintain much of the control over the country.

Still, the vote was “a moment in history,” said Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a fellow member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.

“We’ve been waiting for it for 7,000 years,” he said. “For the first time in history we have our own president, elected by us. The power of the people is now in the hands of the president — and the president has to go and move forward.”

Dardery called on Morsi to resign from the Muslim Brotherhood to make clear is is the president of all Egyptians.

Sunday’s announcement came after a very long speech by Farouq Sultan, head of the Higher Presidential Election Commission, in which he defended the electoral process and discussed reports of irregularities and how they were handled.

Each campaign had accused the other of election fraud.

Both candidates — who faced each other in a runoff last weekend — had already declared victory. Before the announcement on Sunday, both campaigns repeated that claim on Facebook.

Officials, calling for calm Sunday before the announcement, warned that they were ready to carry out long-standing policy of using deadly force against people who attack government buildings.

The only gunfire heard from Tahrir Square after the announcement was celebratory. The square was the site of mass protests last year that toppled Mubarak.

Sunday’s celebration showed the kind of public support for the Muslim Brotherhood that would have gotten demonstrators thrown in jail under Mubarak.

But in a country split between the two candidates, many were angered by the election result.

A group of Shafik supporters at a hotel were devastated by the result. One threw something at the screen as the announcement came.

Manal Koshkani, a Shafik supporter at the hotel, told CNN she and others “fear” the direction the Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood, could take Egypt.

“I hope we see a better future” Morsi, she said, adding, “I highly doubt it.”

On the other hand, Wael Ghonim, who helped organize the 2011 revolution, tweeted, “The first elected civilian Egyptian president in the history of modern Egypt. The revolution continues.”

The Muslim Brotherhood announced in advance Sunday that it would stage a long-term protest if Shafik was declared the winner.

Like Mubarak, Shafik is a former air force officer with close ties to Egypt’s powerful military and is “the quintessential candidate of the counter-revolution,” said Khaled Elgindy, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Morsi, an American-educated engineer, “represents the older, more conservative wing of the Brotherhood and openly endorses a strict Islamic vision,” said Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations.

But in an interview with CNN, Morsi said, “There is no such thing called an Islamic democracy. There is democracy only. … The people are the source of authority.”

More than 1,800 ambulances were dispatched across the country before the results were announced as a proactive measure, the state-run EgyNews agency reported. It also said the country’s interior ministry stressed the need to respect peaceful demonstrations.

But the ministry also said it would not tolerate any turmoil against authorities after Sunday’s pivotal announcement.

“Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has given police forces orders to shoot to kill against anyone attempting to attack police stations after the results,” interior ministry spokesman Gen. Marwan Mustapha said, reiterating government policy in such circumstances. “Increased security has been dispersed in the side streets of (Cairo’s) Tahrir Square to protect government buildings.”

The Muslim Brotherhood vowed it would stage “a long-term, open-end sit-in at Tahrir Square,” complete with bathroom facilities made of bricks, daily food supply and tight security at the entrances of the square, if Shafik won, said Jihad Haddad, a political adviser to the Muslim Brotherhood. Haddad cited the Brotherhood’s disapproval of the ruling military body’s new constitutional decree and de facto martial law.

Egypt’s all-powerful military leaders have said they won’t reverse their widely deplored constitutional and judicial changes and also cautioned against election-related unrest.

“We will face anyone who will pose a challenge to the public and private sectors with an iron fist,” the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said.

Egypt’s constitutional court dissolved the lower house of parliament this month, extending the military’s power and sparking accusations of a coup d’etat.

Under an interim constitutional declaration, the military council retains the power to make laws and budget decisions until a new constitution is written and a new parliament elected.

The declaration said Supreme Council members “shall decide all matters related to military affairs, including the appointment of its leaders.” The president has the power to declare war, it says, but only “after the approval” of the Supreme Council.

The military council said it does not favor one political entity over another and respects the rights of Egyptians to protest but stressed the importance of self-restraint and respect for authority.

The Supreme Council urged political entities to respect democracy and “abstain from all possible acts that may descend the country into a full chaos.”

Egyptian reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei — the former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate — warned that if Shafik was declared the winner, “we are in for a lot of instability and violence … a major uprising.”

He said there were fewer security concerns about a Morsi victory because Shafik supporters were unlikely to take their anger to the streets.

Before the results were announced, ElBaradei described the current situation as “a total, complete 100% mess.”

Mohamed Mahsoob, a law professor at Menofiya University and a member of the El Wasat Party, tweeted: “The revolution will succeed, even if the newly elected president is below expectations because we will have the right to change him. But the revolution will not succeed if we have a president from the old regime that we toppled because he will working on seizing it back (and) reversing the accomplishments.”

Amr Moussa, who served as foreign minister under Mubarak and mounted an effort to win the presidency in these elections, said “the next Egyptian president must call upon everyone to stand united as one.” According to state-run news agency MENA, Moussa called on the new president “to head an emergency government of technocrats” that would last six to 12 months.

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/24/world/africa/egypt-politics/index.html

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Mohamed Morsi was born on August 20th, 1951 according to http://misrstars.com/vb/showthread.php?t=409740

August 20th, 1951

August 20th

8 + 20 +2+0+1+1 = 32 = his personal month (from August 20th, 2011 to August 19th, 2012) = Mainstream.  Consensus.  Winning.  Victory.

Six of Wands Tarot card

32 year + 6 (June) = 38 = his personal month (from June 20th, 2012 to July 19th, 2012) = Taking care of himself.

Queen of Cups Tarot card

38 month + 24 (24th of the month on Sunday June 24th, 2012) = 62 = his personal day = Dealing with restrictions.

Eight of Swords Tarot card

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8:23 PM EDT             Tueday June 19, 2012

Reports conflicted Wednesday over whether the 84-year-old former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, was clinically dead.

The state-run Middle East News Agency, citing medical sources, said he was declared clinically dead shortly after arriving late Tuesday at a military hospital in Cairo, where he had been taken after suffering a stroke and cardiac arrest earlier in the day.

But Gen. Mamdouh Shaheen, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, told CNN, “He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition.”

Mubarak was taken by helicopter to the military hospital in the Maadi suburb of Cairo, Shaheen said. “He had a heart attack and his heart stopped and he was saved by electric shocks, then placed on respirator,” he said. “His pulse is 40. He then got a brain clot. He is NOT clinically dead as reported but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition.”

And Mubarak’s lawyer, Fareed El Deeb, told CNN, “He has been in a coma for hours now. He has had water on the lungs for 10 days now and his blood pressure is down today, which obstructed his breathing and forced doctors to put him on a respirator. He was given medicine intravenously to relieve the brain clot, and electric shocks were used to revive him but there was no substantial response. He is not dead as reported.”

El Deeb added that Mubarak’s wife, Suzanne, was at his side. He blamed SCAF for not having moved Mubarak last week from the prison to the hospital.

Adel Saeed, the official spokesman of the Egyptian prosecutor, had said earlier, “We were informed by prison authority that Mubarak’s heart has stopped and they used electric shocks and CPR to resurrect him. He is now on an artificial respirator and doctors from the armed forces and International Medical Center will inspect him.”

Nile TV reported that Mubarak had suffered a stroke.

He was taken from Tora prison hospital to Maadi military hospital, El Deeb told CNN. “He has suffered a stroke, but he is not dead.”

The prosecutor and the military council denied Mubarak had been moved.

His health had been reported in decline since he was ousted as president of Egypt in February 2011 and found guilty of charges related to the killings of hundreds of anti-government demonstrators during the revolution.

Last week, an Interior Ministry spokesman said he was comatose; the spokesman said he suffered from high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats and difficulty breathing.

“We should be skeptical,” said Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

“There’s a great Arab expression I like and it asks the following question: When you’re told that someone is dead, you say, ‘Is he dead and buried, or just dead?’ I think we are in the middle of this kind of situation.”

“Clinically dead is not a phrase that is commonly used, but when it is used, what it usually means is that someone is brain dead,” said CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen. “In the United States, we would call this person dead because they have no brain activity.”

Meanwhile, crowds jammed Tahrir Square once again on Wednesday. But their focus this time was not on Mubarak. Instead, it was on the power grab by the Egyptian military, which last week issued a constitutional decree that stripped the position of president of much of its power after a top court dissolved the parliament. Those moves were followed by the nation’s first presidential election, which pitted Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi against Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Safik. Final results have not been announced.

“It’s a media stunt to divert attention from the constitutional decree,” said Taha Shaker, a demonstrator in the square. “If he’s really dead, it won’t make a difference. We’ve started a sit-in and won’t leave unless the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces leaves unconditionally.”

“I’ve come from far away. I’m not leaving until Morsi swears the oath in front of the legitimately elected parliament,” said demonstrator Sayed Ahmed. “I don’t care about Mubarak. These are games played by the intelligence services.”

“If he’s really dead, its God’s will,” said Nasser Shaaban, another demonstrator. “I would hope he lives to see the new president.”

Outside Maadi Military Hospital, shortly before midnight Tuesday, there was no additional security. Instead, there were a few policemen outside the main gate and two military police inside the gate. Across the street perhaps a half-dozen journalists sat on the curb smoking cigarettes.

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/19/world/meast/egypt-mubarak/index.html

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Hosni Mubarak was born on May 4th, 1928 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosni_Mubarak

May 4th, 1928

5 + 4 +1+9+2+8 = 29 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Competency.

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May 4th, 1928

May 4th

5 + 4 +2+0+1+2 = 14 = his personal year (from May 4th, 2012 to May 3rd, 2013) = Intolerance.  Immoderate.

Temperance Tarot card

14 year + 6 (June) = 20 = his personal month (from June 4th, 2012 to July 3rd, 2012) = Judge for yourself.  The afterlife.

20 month + 19 (19th of the month on Tuesday June 19th, 2102) = 39 = his personal day = Half-truths.

Knight of Cups Tarot card

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June 14, 2012           7:27 am

A constitutional court stepped into Egypt’s precarious politics Thursday by ruling that the former prime minister of deposed leader Hosni Mubarak could not be disqualified from this weekend’s polarizing presidential run-off election against a candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood.

The decision came the same day the court added fresh turmoil to the battle between secularists and the Muslim Brotherhood by ruling that one-third of the members of the Islamic-controlled parliament were unlawfully elected.

[Updated June 14, 8:10 a.m.: The verdict immediately dissolves parliament and forces new elections for all 498 lawmakers.

“The makeup of the entire chamber is illegal and, consequently, it does not legally stand,” said the Supreme Constitutional Court, according to state media reports.]

Both decisions infuriated political camps across this restive nation. Liberal activists opposed the candidacy of Ahmed Shafik, a Mubarak loyalist, as a dangerous endorsement of the repressive politics of the past. The ruling on the Islamist-controlled parliament was a setback to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was hoping to expand its power in the event its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, defeats Shafik in voting that begins Saturday.

[Updated June 14, 8:44 a.m.: The verdicts deepen tensions between Egypt’s military leaders and the ascendant Muslim Brotherhood over the political fate of a country that has been under authoritarian rule for decades. If Shafik wins and the Islamists lose parliament, the old guard would return to power in what may essentially be a repudiation of last year’s uprising that overthrew Mubarak.]

The court’s decision on Shafik was expected. The judges were appointed by Mubarak and the law passed by parliament to forbid former top regime officials from running for president was widely regarded as unconstitutional. The law was praised by activists, however, as a last chance to stop what they predict could be losing a revolution that has inspired the Arab world.

It is not clear how and when elections for new parliament will occur. The drafting of a new constitution has been delayed by political infighting and the nation — ruled by a military council — is in uncertain political terrain. Expecting unrest from the court rulings and this weekend’s elections, the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday granted the army wider power to arrest civilians and activists.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/06/egyptian-court-keeps-shafik-in-race-rules-one-third-of-parliament-elected-unlawfully.html

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Mohamed Hussein Tantawi was born on October 31st, 1935 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Hussein_Tantawi

October 31st, 1935

10 + 31 +1+9+3+5 = 59 = his life lesson = Everything falls apart.  Salvaging what remains.

Five of Swords Tarot card

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October 31st, 1935

October 31st

10 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 45 = his personal year (from October 31st, 2011 to October 30th, 2012) = Things can go horribly wrong.

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12:51 PM EDT       Wednesday May 23, 2012

One of the world’s oldest civilizations took a major step toward democracy Wednesday, as Egyptians began a historic vote for president, even as many worried that the armed forces would quash the results if the top brass doesn’t like them.

It is the first time the country has had a presidential election where no one knows what the result will be before the ballots are cast.

“Finally, Egypt is born,” one weeping 80-year-old man told Rep. David Dreier, a California Republican who is in Cairo as an election observer.

Grandmother Nadia Fahmy, 70, was so determined to be the first one to vote at her polling station that she camped out in a plastic chair for 2½ hours before it opened.

“I am here to vote for the first time in my life,” said Fahmy. “I want to see a new generation for my country. I want everything to change.”

Other people told CNN they had waited up to four hours to vote as an atmosphere of enthusiasm swept polling stations in the capital.

The voting is a monumental achievement for those who worked to topple longtime President Hosni Mubarak in one of the seminal developments of the Arab Spring more than a year ago.

And it could reverberate far beyond the country’s borders, since Egypt is in many ways the center of gravity of the Arab world.

“Egypt has always set trends in the Arab world and for Arab political thought. Trends spread through the Arab world and eventually affect even non-Arab, Muslim-majority countries,” said Maajid Nawaz, the chairman of Quilliam, a London-based think tank.

Egypt’s election “bodes well for the rest of the Arab world and particularly those countries that have had uprisings,” said Nawaz, a former Islamist who was imprisoned in Egypt for four years for banned political activism.

There are 13 candidates on the ballot, although two withdrew from the race after ballots were printed.

An army of 30,000 volunteers has fanned out to make sure the voting is fair, said organizers with the April 6 youth movement, which has long campaigned for greater democracy and rule of law in Egypt.

They had seen only minor violations by lunchtime Wednesday, they said, mostly mentioning supporters of one candidate or another trying to influence voters at polling stations.

There is a pervasive fear that the powerful military, which has run the country since the fall of Mubarak, could try to hijack the election.

The concern persists despite the insistence of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that it will hand over power to an elected civilian government. The military’s move to put armored personnel carriers on the streets with loudspeakers broadcasting a message that they will relinquish power has not convinced doubters.

Nawaz, the analyst in London, said Egypt probably is not heading toward a simple case of the military either giving up control or rejecting the results of the election.

Instead, he anticipated, there will be an “unhappy settlement” where the military remains “ever-present, in the shadows,” influencing the civilian government without controlling it.

“Egypt is going along similar lines to Turkey or Pakistan,” he said, naming two other countries that have formal democracies in place but where a powerful military can affect events.

The degree to which the military continues to exercise control in Egypt will depend on who wins the election, Nawaz anticipated — but laughed aloud when asked to predict who that would be.

Whoever wins the election, Nawaz said, will face tremendous challenges, even without worries about the army.

“They are inheriting a failed economy, an abysmal bureaucracy, a frustrated people, and a deep distrust on behalf of the people towards their military and any policing,” Nawaz said.

And Egypt has an elaborate political mosaic where alliances shift quickly, he added.

Secular democrats oppose military rule, for example, but if an Islamist candidate wins the presidency, “Some of the democrats would switch because they would rather have military rule than the Islamists,” Nawaz said.

“It’s far more complicated than ‘Islamists vs. liberal democracy.’ It’s rich vs. poor, (hardline) Salafists vs. the (more moderate) Muslim Brotherhood, secularists vs. Islamists,” he said.

On top of that, the country does not yet have a new constitution defining the powers of the president or the parliament, after a court last month suspended the committee charged with writing it. The court ruled that the members of the committee did not reflect the national population well enough.

Voting started Wednesday and is expected to continue through Thursday. Egyptians living abroad have already cast their ballots.

Among the candidates vying for the presidency are Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party; AmreMoussa, who served as foreign minister under Mubarak and headed the Arab League; Abdelmonen Abol Fotoh, a moderate Islamist running as a respected independent; Ahmed Shafik, who was Mubarak’s last prime minister; and Hamdeen Sabahy, a leftist dark-horse contender.

If no candidate gets a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round will be held June 16-17.

Results of the first round are not expected before the weekend.

Many Egyptians seem uncertain of their loyalties to any particular candidate, and even the weakest of arguments or the strangest of rumors can shift public opinion overnight.

The vote comes nearly 16 months after the popular uprising that brought down Mubarak in February 2011. Mubarak was tried on charges of ordering police to shoot protesters during the uprising against him, and of corruption.

He is awaiting the court’s verdict and could potentially face the death penalty.

Despite the high-profile trial of the man who ruled the country for 30 years, popular distrust and anger, particularly against the military’s power in Egyptian governmental affairs, still inspire protests, some of which have been marked by deadly clashes.

Protesters are upset at what they see as the slow pace of reform since Mubarak’s ouster. Some are also concerned that the country’s military leadership is delaying the transition to civilian rule.

In January, two Islamist parties won about 70% of the seats in the lower house of parliament in the first elections for an elected governing body in the post-Mubarak era.

The Freedom and Justice Party won 235 seats and the conservative Al Nour party gained 121 seats in the People’s Assembly, according to final results. The assembly consists of 498 elected members, and the rest of the seats were divided among other parties.

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/23/world/africa/egypt-elections/?hpt=hp_t2

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Abdelmonen Abol Fotoh was born on October 15th, 1951 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdel_Moneim_Aboul_Fotouh

October 15th, 1951

10 + 15 +1+9+5+1 = 41 = his life lesson = Things get ugly.

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