Remember how a week ago I was on my way to Alexandria for the First Real Presidential Election in Egypt? I also mentioned that Egypt has 3 scenarios, 1 is good and the other 2 are bad.
Now after the first round, out of 13 candidates running for presidency, the 2 were qualified for round 2 are the worst. The only 2 that I would have never given them my vote.
I haven’t spoken to anyone who has given them their votes, where did they get these votes from?
According to statistics, in Alexandria, Hamdin Sabbahy won most votes, which is something I didn’t expect at all, given the statistics from the parliament elections where all repetitions were between Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood. But I think the people learnt the lesson.
Same happened in Port Said, which is also understandable, given the massacre that took place in Port Said a few months ago, and that the Parliament (mostly Muslim Brotherhood) didn’t care about what happened.
Hamdin was THAT close to be in second place and qualify for round two…but I have no idea how someone like Shafik got over 5 million votes.
Shafik was one of the main characters of the Mubarak’s Regimen, and a close family friend to Mubarak. So we made a revolution, people died, tourism got hit so hard, economy almost broke down, and all of this to bring someone that has Mubarak as his idol, again? I can’t believe it…
The other candidate running against Shafik is Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate. Someone that many people now trust, and think he’s the one that will put Egypt on Turkey’s direction. But from the Muslim Brotherhood’s history, I think we’ll be heading more towards Iran’s direction.
I’m now in the dilemma of giving my vote so someone who will erase our great revolution from history, and even make us regret it. Or someone who might, someday, kick me out of Egypt because I’m Christian, or even ask for extra taxes “Gezya” to be paid by Christians…etc. The scenarios I can imagine are endless.
Egyptians voted for the nightmare. And I don’t see a way out.
Now Egyptians are divided in two groups, people that don’t like Morsi but will vote for him because at least he’s a change, and because if we choose Mubarak’s regimen again everyone who shared in the revolution will be in danger (true.) The other half will vote to Shafik, with the hopes of a new revolution in the few coming years…as if it didn’t happen on January 25th 2011, their main cause is now we don’t choose between freedom and democracy or not, we’re choosing between a civilian way of life or an Islamic state.
I hope I am just being pessimistic and things won’t turn out that bad.
And that is why, dear readers, I am proud to be Alexandrian. I am trying to look at the full half of the cup, at least in Alexandria people are more aware of what is going on, and they chose the right people. I even spoken to taxi drivers, many of them, and they all voted for Hamdin. Though these people, such as taxi drivers and the less literate ones; were the ones that were always dragged by religious speeches of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi.
Long live Alexandria and the Free Alexandrian people.
Update at Tuesday May 29th, 12:06 after midnight, right while I’m writing this post:
Riots in Tahrir square and demonstrations against the results. And some people went to Shafik’s place and burnt it down (or tried to…media isn’t very clear about it yet)
Is a second revolution just around the corner? Or as I just read from a friend on twitter, is this the smell of a civil war?