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Wednesday, November 16, 2005 

Political Tides Changing in Egypt?

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The Muslim Brotherhood won 20 percent of the overall vote in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections, according to initial official results released Wednesday after a day of intense runoff balloting.

The ruling party is not expected to lose its long-held majority in the 454-seat parliament. The elections are seen as a gauge of how far Mubarak is prepared to open the political system. During the past two years, the United States has put increasing pressure on the president to liberalize his authoritarian administration.

Two things come to mind here:
1.) Be careful what you wish for
2.) Does anyone in Washington realize that we are stepping on our own feet by forcing the mid-east “democracies” to open their systems up? I’m pretty sure the “Muslim Brotherhood” will not be as pleasant to deal with as the NDP.