Egypt moderates under fire from Mubarak loyalists, Islamists




 
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Egypt moderates under fire from Mubarak loyalists, Islamists
 
November 25th, 2013  
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Egypt moderates under fire from Mubarak loyalists, Islamists
By Shaimaa Fayed and Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - A leading Egyptian social democrat fears the elite that thrived under former President Hosni Mubarak will once again dominate politics in elections promised by the army after it overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The 2011 popular revolt against Mubarak raised hopes for an end to decades of corruption and nepotism, but political turmoil since then has dimmed aspirations for genuine democracy. Mohamed Abul Ghar, a physician who heads the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, is close to the army-backed interim prime minister and his deputy, who belong to the same party. Abul Ghar, 73, had hoped newly-formed liberal and leftist parties would set the most populous Arab state on a democratic, non-Islamist path after 30 years of Mubarak's one-man rule.

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