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Europe, Arab states blamed for silence on Egypt
2012-02-25

A key speaker at the Monaco Club meeting here yesterday lambasted Europe and Arab countries and said they had failed to fulfil their promises of helping post-revolution Egypt. No assistance has so far been forthcoming from any of these countries which had given big assurances of providing help to post-revolution Egypt, said Aly El Samman. El Samman is president of the International Union for Inter-Cultural and Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peace Education and was addressing the Club de Monaco convention, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported. He, however, lauded Qatar and said it had been helpful. El Samman said funds were, though, expected from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). The Egyptian economy was in a shambles, he said, adding that the reserves of the Egyptian central bank were fragile and the unemployment rate had soared to a high of 8.5 percent. Talking of the pre-revolution Egypt, El Samman said that the constitution of the country was framed in such a way that all the powers rested in the president and no one else could be nominated to the post except him (a reference to Hosni Mubarak). He (Mubarak) had become a dictator and a tyrant. He had also not appointed any deputy to make sure that there would be no hindrance for his sons as his political heirs to grab the hot seat should the situation so demanded. The people of Egypt eventually revolted and the army tried to suppress the rebellion but later refused to side with the regime and backed the people. Addressing the meeting, Denis Bauchard, former president of the Institute of Arab World Paris, said the pattern of revolutions taking place in the Arab states was not the same. Participants of this convention must delve into the issue and find out the reasons why although the objective of the revolutions in some Arab states is the same - that of achieving freedom and democracy - their patterns are different. The role of armies in these countries as also if they would hinder the democratic process, should also be discussed at length, said Bauchard.

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