- September 14, 2009
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The resemblance in transition of power worries Egyptian onlookers, despite NDP denial
The Los Angeles Times published an article on the presidential elections in Gabon, triggering an effect on many Egyptians as they witnessed the success of Ali Bongo, son of Omar Bongo, to become the new head of state.
Worried followers of the Gabonese elections noticed the similarity in the republic’s elections and that of Egypt’s presidential elections due to take place 2011.
Egyptians anticipate that The President’s son is currently being groomed to take over power not too far off. The NDP states otherwise, claiming that honest elections will take place where the nation will choose its leaders on its own accord.
Sobhi Saleh from the Muslim Brotherhood Parliamentary bloc begs to differ, claiming that "unlike Gabon, where it at least had opposition campaigning for the presidency, Egypt only allows one opposition from an opposing party with the other campaigners from the same ruling party.
In fact is a farce where the ruling party make up the players, audience and referee!"
Saleh stressed that the succession scenario in Gabon stroked a remarkable resemblance to that of the escalating incidents in Egypt.
Ali’s transition didn’t come without its fair share of heartache, as a number of people were killed and injured along with violence and looting following the country’s Constitutional Court’s announcing of the new leader.