15 February 2012

Egypt: Nobel Laureate Impressed With New Parliament

In a visit to the People's Assembly, Nobel Laureate, Ahmed Zewail, said that when he was a child the dream of Egypt fairly electing a parliament seemed farfetched.

"It is important that the elections were transparent and everyone acted responsibly... otherwise it would not have been real democracy", Zewail told the People's Assembly head, Saad Al-Katatni, stressing that fair representation of all groups is necessary.

The Egyptian scientist explained that he was not surprised that the majority of members are Muslim, but that he does not fear religious parties, as long as there is a constitution that protects everybody, and fair elections.

He added that it was also expected that the first several sessions would witness some tension, and indicated that tension may last until the members get acquainted then become productive.

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