2010 Egyptian Elections – A Farce of Dragon Proportions
|Thursday, November 25,2010 16:00|
|By staff writer|
An election can generate just about as much tension and excitement as a good football match. And, there is tension in the air as the 2010 parliamentary elections in Egypt draw near. True, there are a host of people sticking their necks out to support the candidates of their choice in true democratic spirit, braving the torment and terror that boldly confronting a dictatorship requires. At the same time, the regime lurks behind the scenes, sending out its forces, and counting the votes like a pervasive Shylock, ready and willing to pounce on their all-too-willing victims whenever required.
But let's face it, the regime has the whole game tied up. It has over 30 years of experience ramming the Egyptian citizens down and keeping them in their place. Periodic round-ups, consistent injustice and corruption and a general fear and apprehension about authority and the court system prevail. Only at election time do most Egyptians feel free to air their thoughts on who should run their country, why and how. All too soon the game will be over.