For over thirty years, any time Egypt met a real politician who spoke the truth, reached people and became popular, the government would take action to immediately eliminate him. Virtually anyone who opposed the regime was thrown into jail; we were in an era where the honest were prosecuted by the corrupt.

We had no sense of any real opposition to our government. When we heard of any opposition, it was usually just for show. For example, in 2010, the government fixed the parliament elections to yield 96% of the vote for the ruling party. It is virtually impossible for any ruling party anywhere in the world to have the 96% of the support of the people, their oppression and injustice lead them to undermine the people`s intelligence and awareness of what`s really happening.  

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Unfortunately these oppression and brainwashing methods have affected the state of affairs in Egypt pretty badly. It seems to me that at this point, it is nearly impossible for us to choose a qualified president. The state of Egypt is too complicated and corrupt.  Furthermore, when it comes to democracy, we Egyptians are a bit like newborn babies; we’ve never had any experience  with a democratic or even a fair process. This is one of the main reasons why there is so much confusion and chaos present in the political arena, not to mention the lack of trust between most people and the ruling SCAF.

I am sure that all the 13 candidates are good, honest men, but in all honesty, the challenges up against my Egypt are way bigger than any of these good men. I am seriously considering not voting in the coming elections.

The concern over who will be our next president shouldn''t be limited to only Egyptians. What happens in my Egypt influences the entire region on many levels, and as such, we need a wise president who can manage a country of this importance, helping her reach her potential without indulging or encouraging any of the darker elements in Egypt. Just consider, my Egypt is a 7,000 year old civilization: not merely anyone can simply step up and take command.

At first, I was pretty convinced that whoever secured the support of the Muslim Brotherhood would definitely win the election, but the MB wasted this rare opportunity with an amateur move that showed their true greed. They nominated the millionaire Khairat El-Shater. Then when they realized that he was going to be disqualified from the race because of his rap sheet they quickly dropped El Shater and nominated Mohamed Morsy as their backup candidate, which showed their desperation for power.

The Brotherhood committed a political suicide because for the past year they clearly denied any intension to run a presidential candidate. They repeatedly denied any intension of seeking control of Egyptian political life. The Muslim Brotherhood''s decision to seek control of the executive branch highlights a potentially very dangerous political reality. Many Egyptians are worried that we are on the path to creating a new dictatorship. With control of the parliament and as the majority in the constitutional convention tasked with writing a new constitution, the Brotherhood is everywhere in Egypt’s political life. Add to this the presidency and they would control virtually the whole political system.

For those of you who aren''t so familiar with the various candidates running in the election, I''d like to give you my personal rundown on a few of the more likely and more interesting candidates.

Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh has a patriotic history and known for his moderate views, but I can''t trust his loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood. The MB has given us nothing but amateur politicians with empty promises.

Ahmed Shafik acted as Mubarak''s savior when he was appointed as a PM during the revolution. He literally tried to crush the revolution alongside the rest of the regime—thank God they failed! In any case, I don’t know why he thinks that my Egypt would elect him! He clearly lives in the la-la-land. What worries me most, however, is that he launched a huge and a well-financed campaign. Recently, I’ve been to four different cities where I’ve seen a high budget advertsing and thousands of coloured posters encouraging Egyptians to vote for him. This makes me wonder: What makes him so confident that he has a chance to win? Could it be that SCAF promised him their support under the table?

Also, it freaks me out to think that if Shafik wins the elections by whatever means available to him, I think Egypt could easily find herself in another revolution and even a civil war.

During the revolution millions of Egyptians came out in order to topple the oppressive Mubarak regime as well as all of his puppets, including his savior Ahmed Shafik.  Should Shafik win the election, it would be as though the revolution was nothing but a dream to all of us. Additionally, I doubt the Brotherhood and the Salafists would ever peacefully allow Shafik to rise to power, as he would most likely immediately force them underground again or throw them back into prison.

Amr Moussa the former Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 2001 and the Secretary-General of the Arab league. My first concern is that he supported Mubarak during the revolution. Secondly and more importantly, at 76 years old, he is too old to lead my Egypt; my Egypt doesn’t need a president with a bucket list.

Khaled Ali is a prominent Egyptian lawyer and activist. He is known for his advocacy for promoting social justice and labor rights, yet still, he is too young and has a very small campaign compared to the other candidates. I don''t think he stands a chance.

Hamdeen Sabahi has been politically active and against the regime since his years as college student. He was prosecuted many times by the old regime and was even thrown into prison for his opposition to Mubarak. He has a well earned reputation among the working class and he proved to be a strong candidate, my main concern is that his political beliefs were heavily influenced by the former president Gamal Abdel Nasser, who promoted the Karl Marx and the communist rule. For example, Nasser wanted to nationalize the private sector in my Egypt.  I don''t think that communism has a place beside the future Democracy that I want for my Egypt.

Our political mess has made me wonder: where do we have left to go?

We can either go to the left where nothing is right, or to the right where nothing is left!

I honestly don’t know.

Long live my Egypt.

 


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