Egypt elections held amid divisions: Daily

Tehran, May 28, IRNA – An English-language daily published Wednesday commented on the recent elections in Egypt, that were held ˈamid divisionsˈ, saying that no matter who wins the election, Iran-Egypt future ties are sure to expand.

Iran seeks expanded relations with other countries, in particular regional states, noted ˈIran Dailyˈ, adding that the majority of Egyptians favor bilateral ties.

Egypt remains locked in a protracted process of political transition as many including members and supporters of Muslim Brotherhood, revolutionaries and social network activists are either struggling with the status quo or spending life in prisons, the paper noted in its exclusive.

The military removed Mohamed Morsi – the first democratically elected president in Egypt – from power for his “inability to manage the country’s affairs”, it said, noting that the ouster of Morsi caused divisions and the army pledged to clear Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt’s future. T

he upheavals have sparked protests in each corner of the African country and political pundits do not see a bright future for it.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the then defense minister who played the leading role in toppling Morsi, has run for the president in the ongoing election although the ex-army chief had announced he would not eye the leadership, it said.

A Middle East expert said divisions between political parties have gripped the country, arousing public protests.

Mohammad Reza Vasfi added the huge rifts prevent any precise speculation or prediction for the election results. Whatever the outcome, the future president’s commitment to his campaign slogans is of highest importance for the masses, said the paper.

Sisi and his archrival Hamdeen Sabahi presented their plans, said the expert, adding Sisi has promised a sweeping economic change – a move that would attract some strata of the society including the army-backed capitalist party.

Former army chief has also vowed to solve domestic issues particularly the troubled economy that is in pressing need of security.

Hamdeen Sabahi has also promised to protect freedom of expression and of the press.

Mohammad Ali Sobhani, an international relations expert, said the election’s legitimacy is a big issue since the banned Muslim Brotherhood won the majority of votes in previous presidential polls, the daily noted.

The Brotherhood absence in political scene leads to a polarized Egypt which could be so dangerous and lead to further insecurity, it added.

The US is opposed to Sisi’s decision to ban Brotherhood (although he is best option for Washington), the expert said, arguing the US believes the absence of the Islamic group casts doubt on the democratic process of the president poll.

Egyptians went to the polls on May 26-27 as Sisi is highly expected to succeed Morsi and Sabahi is considered an also-ran, the daily concluded.



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