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News Analysis: Early Egypt presidential polls "may ease foreign pressure"

English.news.cn   2014-01-27 03:14:12
 • Decision to hold early Egypt presidential polls may ease "foreign pressures", Experts say.
 • The interim leader Sunday ordered the election commission to start the procedures within 90 days.
 • The decision has a positive internal effect as well, according to the expert.


by Mahmoud Fouly

CAIRO, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour's Sunday decision to hold presidential polls ahead of parliamentary elections may ease "foreign pressures" on Egypt regarding its military-backed transitional roadmap, some political and security experts say.

"Foreign countries deal with Egypt as a 'headless' state for having an interim president and a transitional government, so the decision will give Egypt weight and confidence in dealing with the international community," said Gamal Salama, head of political science department at Suez University.

Salama noted that the decision would ease the foreign pressures on Egypt regarding the implementation of its future roadmap after the removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the military in July 2013.

The interim leader also issued on Sunday a presidential decree, based on the newly-approved constitution, ordering the election commission to start the procedures within 90 days.

"Holding the presidential polls first would accelerate and contribute to crystallizing Egypt's personality in dealing with foreign countries," Salama told Xinhua.

The decision has a positive internal effect as well, according to the expert, who said that "the Egyptian mentality believes in the power of the president above all other authorities."

The decision and the decree came one day after pro-military Egyptians staged mass celebrations to mark the third anniversary of Jan. 25 uprising that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

During Saturday's celebrations, clashes erupted across Egypt between anti-government protesters, both Islamist and secular, and security forces, who dispersed their marches and attempted sit-ins, leaving 49 people dead and about 250 injured. The police also arrested Saturday more than 1,000 suspected pro-Morsi and liberal protesters on charges of inciting riots and violence.

On Friday and Sunday, terrorist attacks targeting police premises and personnel, including a string of blasts, hit the capital Cairo, Suez and Sinai, killing at least 20 people and injured about 120.

Yousri al-Azabawi, a researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, agrees with Salama that amendments to the roadmap concerning the election order are likely to "relieve foreign pressure on Egypt."

"The decision may also minimize the size of foreign finance to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization," Azabawi told Xinhua.

Azabawi sees that electing a president via fair and free vote will give him and the security forces "a complete chance to deal decisively with terrorism and take more effective procedures supported by the people."

For Azabawi, holding presidential polls first "is not likely to affect the course of the Muslim Brotherhood or decrease their anti- government protests," he said, stressing some still believe in the possibility of Morsi's reinstatement.

"Electing a new president will give a strong message to the international community that Egypt is implementing its post-Morsi roadmap to build a strong, civil, democratic state," security expert, General Mohamed Okasha, told Xinhua.

With regards to the popularity of Military chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi among many Egyptians and rumors of his candidacy for president, Okasha said that "the ballot box has the final say in the end." 


Egypt to hold presidential elections before parliamentary polls: interim president

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