Monday, March 26, 2007

Worrying developments in Egypt

Last year I enjoyed an excellent holiday in Egypt. Having seen the huge amount of police and soldiers on the streets, I did some googling about the state of Egypt on my return, the results of which concerned me. Constitutional changes are now being put through by President Mubarak:

..for many in the opposition this is a black day in Egypt's history as they say the changes spell the death of the constitution as the main guarantee of liberties and democracy.
The opposition says the changes will consolidate dictatorship, and that watering down judicial supervision of elections will make fraud easier.

This is very worrying. On holiday in Egypt, one is bowled over by the friendliness of the people. It is only when you research the set-up of the country that you start to get a trifle concerned.

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