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Prospects of the Egyptian Presidential Election

2012-07-29

Prospects of the Egyptian Presidential Election on Palestine have been discussed by number of interested Palestinian politicians and academic including, PLC members and civil society activists. The aim was to analyze and discuss the results of the Egyptian presidential election and their implication on the Palestinian situation in particular and the region in general. He stressed, based on his participation of the in monitoring this election that the elections were fair and transparent, as the minor violations did not affect the credibility of the final result.  The seminar was held by the Arab Thought Forum on July 25, Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh moderated the session.


The political implications of the results of the Egyptian presidential elections was presented by Nabil Amr, the former Palestinian Ambassador in Egypt, he addressed the meaning of the winning of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, noticing that the political Islam will be placed in the test. He pointed out the challenges that stand in the face of the new president on light of the previous coalition forces especially the army and security services in addition to the economic and the political class as these forces will work to converts from the president‘s ability to govern effectively. In addition to other obstacles hindering the president ability to advance the country including the internal situation and corruption and other interior issues will negatively affect the experience of political Islam in Egypt and the Brotherhood movement in the region, more important is not to consider the results of Egyptian elections from a short-term perspective but the need to give opportunity for the new experience.


The nature of the Brotherhood tide in the region was presented by Issa Abu Zahira, lecturer at the University of Jerusalem, basically dealt with the  ability of the Muslim Brotherhood to reach understandings and compromise. He pointed out that the Muslim Brotherhood need to communicate with everyone, and in turn push the People to communicate with the Muslim Brotherhood. This move is needed to allow a peaceful transition of democracy in Egypt and overcome the attempts of preventing the President from exercising the his powers, considering that the Egyptian establishments, including the elites, judiciary, intellectuals and journalists will hinder his ability to govern. He stressed that the Brotherhood should not feel embarrassed that the President of Egypt is one of them because the impact of his work will reflect on the future evaluation of the new Egyptian president and the Muslim Brotherhood in general.


The implication of the Egyptian elections on the Palestinian issue was provided by Mariam Saleh, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council representing the Change and Reform Muslim block.  She stressed on the importance of the Egyptian elections on the Palestinian people based on the relation nature between the two people. She believe that the attempts against the Islamists in Egypt will increase the challenges in front of them, accordingly,  the new Egyptian president will have to make a priority attention to the internal situation, with less focus on foreign policy at the beginning. However, she stressed that the new Egyptian president will be active and at the same distance from the rival Fatah and Hamas and support the reconciliation.
The experience of the Carter Center witnesses delegation for the Egyptian elections was presented by Zizette Darkazally, the senior program manager at the Carter Center, which was coordinating the work of the delrgation. She talks about both the presidential and legislative elections. In her account, the presidential election mission faced some problems with the Egyptian Election Commission and attempt to avoid them. She provides analysis of the oversight of the elections and the delegate observations, she also referred to the Carter Center report on this regards.


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