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Egypt’s Presidential Runoff Elections Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Arabic Language, Culture, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

      A few hours ago, the Egyptians finished voting تــصـــويـــت for the second day to choose a president رئــيــــــس  from two candidates in the first presidential elections انــتــخـــابـــات after the ouster of Mubarak in February 2011. Ahmad Shafiq أحــمــد شــفــيــــق and Mouhammad Morsi مــحــمـــد مــرســـى were the top two candidates in the first run. The presidential elections is run in a vague غــامــض  atmosphere especially after the Supreme Constitutional Court الــمــحــكــمــة الــدســتــوريــة الــعـلــيــا had dissolved the newly-elected Parliament with its Islamists majority أغــلــبــيـــة . Thus, the military rulers (SCAF) restored the legislature power الــســُــلــطــــة الــتــشـــريــعــيــــة and already have the executive power الــســلـــطــــة الــتــنــفــيــــذيـــة  in their hand.

  • This elections has divided the Egyptians into three main categories;

1)   Supporters مـُـــؤيــــدو of Ahmad Shafiq: They look at him as the representative مــُــمــثـــّــل of the civilian state الــدولـــة الــمــدنـــيــــة  against the theocratic state الــدولـــة الــديــنــيـــــة . Shafiq as a military General might be backed by the other generals (SCAF) because no one thinks the Generals would prefer to receive their orders from a civilian.

2)   Supporters of Morsi: They look at him as the representative of the revolution الــثـــورة , protector of the Islamic identity هــويــــة ofEgypt and restorer of the Islamic glories and Shari’a law. Morsi is backed by the Muslim Brotherhood group to which he belongs and the Salafi Noor Party.

3)   Supporters of neither of them: Those are the people boycotting مــُــقـــاطــِـــعـــُــــون the elections because they are not satisfied with any of the two candidates. Most of the people in this last category are liberal لــيــبـــرالــيـــــون and revolutionary young people. They are against the idea of reviving the old autocratic regime but they are also against the construction of a theocratic state.

       The word that best describes the political scene مــشــهـــد in Egypt is ” Chaos الــفــوضـــى “. The parliament was dissolved and declared as illegal though it was the only elected institution in the country. The president has no clear authorities because there is no constitution دُســتـــور . It is not even known who the next president will do the oath يـُـــؤدِى الــقـــَـــســـَــــم before? Is Egypt really stepping forward towards democracy? This is the real question but who has the answer !


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Well, I was born near the city of Rasheed or Rosetta, Egypt. Yes, the city where the Rosetta Stone was discovered. It is a small city on the north of Egypt where the Nile meets the Mediterranean. I am a Teacher of EFL.