Friday, September 20, 2013

Sami Anan and Presidency :Let the games start

Al-Watan newspaper claimed that Former Chief of Staff and deputy commander of SCAF Sami Anan announced today that he was going to run for president in Egypt.
The news was published in the newspaper’s Friday evening.
According to Al Watan, General Anan announced this during some public conference in North Coast attended allegedly by thousands of Matrouh’s tribesmen.
It is quite interesting because Matrouh is considered an Islamist voting bloc, a Salafist voting bloc to be accurate.
Sami Anan
Sami Anan in his villa 
Hours later Al Masry Al Youm claimed that it spoke to the general and he denied that he intended to run for the presidential post!!
He did not explain the reason behind that meeting though.
When I made a quick search online, I found interesting news like for instance how in several shady news websites on how his support campaign claims that he was the main financier of Tamaroud campaign and how he reconciled with the so-called revolutionary youth.
I do not understand what is exactly happening considering the fact that Al-Watan is too close to what is being referred to the Deep State of Egypt.

Let’s be clear that Anan is not popular anymore. He is not popular among the revolutionaries who cannot forget what happened during SCAF’s rule and he is not popular among the pro-military or the NDP supporters who used to support in the past because they believe that he supported the Muslim Brotherhood.

He is also believed by that conspiracy theory group that he cut his visit to the States in January 2011 only to implement the US plan to destroy Egypt ….etc.
It is worth to mention that this news comes at the same time that there are several campaigns in Egypt calling General Abdel Fatah El-Sisi to run for presidential elections. It is also worth to mention that most of those campaigns if not of all them are run by NDPians, Omar Suleiman supporters and Pro-military’s figures.

Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, the new idol of the public in Egypt has not declared yet whether he will run for the presidency or not.
So yes we got two possible presidential hopefuls: Sami Anan and Abdel Fatah El Sisi.


  1. Plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose
    The president is going to be el-Sisi and he will be in charge for a long time

    Is this good or is it bad? I think that Egyptians are not really ready for a real democracy where all people are equal Muslims and non Muslims Sunnis and non Sunnis and where there is no place for religion in politics and where men and women are equal and where there are minimum wage laws and where the rich pay their share of taxes and where there is decent critical education and health care and equal opportunity laws that allow women and Copts to have access to all jobs and where the official language of Egypt is Egyptian Arabic and not this fake modern classical Arabic

    Until this happens it will be more of the same

    And if Egyptians did not learn anything from the disastrous one year of el-ikhwan el-mugrimeen then they have a big problem

    PS: Zeinobia you need to tell us about what really happened in Kerdassa and Delga

  2. Had Shafiq won in 2012, his presidency would have gone down the tubes also. He wouldn't have had the deep state working against him but he too would have had little idea about what a modern society needs. Shafiq has no respect for the revolution and its purpose.

    Militarism fosters mindless obdience, suppresses critical thinking, and encourages the dehumanization of often mythical "adversaries." Definitely no one with a cult of personality, why ever it was formed, is a suitable leader. Neither Anan nor el-Sisi would play the role of some kind of contemporary Eisenhower; certainly not a new Washington. Empty slogans and the like cannot fix problems in a complicated country.

    There were several alternatives in 2012 to either Morsi or Shafiq. The next election ought to have some variety, not some kind of rubber stamp for someone who is set for failure, riding to power through conformist hero worship.

  3. Having some sort of option for presidential recall could avoid many future problems. Had the constitution been the first priority after the 2011 revolution (and had the failed SCAF administration not interfered too much), it is possible that there could have been such a resort before the presidential election.

  4. Its starting to look like a real counter-revolution. The Army should stay out of politics(and business). Pressure on the MB should be reduced unless the desire is to manufacture a crisis to pave the way for authoritarian government because Egypt is not"ready" for democracy.

    Egypt is a little child that needs a parent to tell it what to think, what to do and how to live. Democracy is too difficult for Egypt, too complicated.

    You need money for democracy. If people don't have money they just want to kill everyone who is different than them.

    If you give people a vote every time they will vote for the worst option. Better to make the decision yourself for them.

    Fewer people were killed in the one year of MB. Thats a good thing. MB were not totally bad but for people used to years of Mubarak military rule the chaos would have terrified many.

    They should be allowed to operate as a political party and to campaign for office. Cracking down on them only makes them seem more important and powerful than they are. All they are is particularly enthusiastic muslims but plenty of people like El Sissi & El Baradei are muslims but dont think they are better muslims than other muslims and don't think Sharia is a good idea.

  5. I honestly believe that If Shafiq won it would have been a modified Mubarak regime. He would have had to make some changes and this would have been ok for Egypt for now as a small step in a new direction. As Luke Theone rightly points out Egyptians are not ready for democracy. One can not go from 30 year rule by one person to full democracy the next day or year, especially when such a large part of the population is uneducated. Shafiq would have been a good option at the time and over the years to come there could have been a push for more democratic values. Also there would not have been the extreme divide between liberals and islamists now. Also if the MB had kept their word and not run for presidential elections, the population would not have had to choose between Shafiq and Morsi, the MB wanted their hands in every pocket. If they had not put a candidate forward it would have been between Sabahi and Shafiq. Hopefully, this time there will a candidate that stands out and the majority can support.


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