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Question mark over Egypt

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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Feb 17, 2011 at 07:39

Without an opposition leader, the people of Egypt spoke, had their day in Tahrir Square, and ousted Hosni Mubarak, which was their goal. However, because they hadn't groomed a leader of their own before the riots and demonstrations---a real leader, not El Baradei---they left a gap for anyone to fill, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Most people believe that the Brotherhood will never take power----but that may be proved wrong if the opposition doesn't scramble and find someone strong for their leader. After ten years in Egypt, I can attest to the myriad of problems that most people struggle with on a daily basis, but a disorganized coup will have its price. Democracy is a long way away from a nation that has high illiteracy and massive poverty---- significant factors that, if not dealt with, will severely slow down any democratic process.

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