CAIRO: Egyptians were this morning breathing a sigh of relief following reports that the country had narrowly escaped a brush with democracy.
With news from Cairo confirming that an army general with a list of human rights abuses to his name had won an election with over 90 per cent of the vote, many were now looking forward to a renewed period of military-led democracy-free stability for Egypt.
“Sure, we’ve had an exciting few years,” said Tina Alamuddin, a supermarket worker in Alexandria. “But just like when you’ve been on holiday somewhere, it is nice to be back.”
“I did enjoy putting a tick in a little box,” added Ali Palais, a retired janitor in Cairo. “But knowing that there could be serious consequences should it put it in the wrong one gave me that warm, familiar feeling of old.”