Fayyad: There's no such thing as democracy in stages

February 13, 2011 14:07


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Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad gave an interview to The Washington Post Thursday, before Hosni Mubarak stepped down as Egypt's president, in which he discussed what regime change in Egypt means for the Palestinians and the Arab world, and his plans for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Asked if he thinks Egypt should move towards democracy in stages, Fayyad retorted that "there is no such thing." "There is this implication that Arabs are not mature enough for democracy," adding that such an attitude is "too patronizing."

Addressing the question of whether an Egypt after Mubarak might be bad for the PA, the Fayyad asserted that the "Egyptian people are very supportive of the Palestinian people," adding, "Why would I presume that Egypt in the aftermath of this movement is going to be any less supportive?"

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