Friday, September 09, 2005
Official results give President Mubarak 88.5% of the vote. That's much more than what everyone expected. We all thought that the number will be in the 70s. 88.5% is such a huge number, it doesn't differ much from previous "elections".
There are 2 surprises in these elections. First, Mubarak's share of the votes. Second, the rise of Ayman Noor who came in second, beating the leader of a well established party.
Turnout was very low as well, 23%. There are 2 reasons for this. First, turnout is normally very low in our elections, nobody gives a hoot. Second, the amendment of the constitution came after the end of the registration period.
I was positive that these elections won't be the best thing in the world. I believe the one in 2001 will be more serious provided that the eyes of the world, and especially those of the US, will remain on Egypt.
As you all know, I wanted Mubarak to have another term. The coming 6 years are going to be crucial for me personally. I will watch the liberals/progressives/secularists of Egypt during this period? Will they rise up? Can they compete with the Muslim Brotherhood if we had free elections in 2011? If the answer is yes, then I might be staying in Egypt. If the answer is no, then I'm definitely leaving.