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A Play in search of an audience

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27.03.2018

The play whose producers have been waiting for a long time to present to the whole world after several months of preparations was finally performed yesterday. This long period of time has been interspersed with serious events for each of those who were tempted by this play or taking a role in it. They were destined to imprisonment, including Sami Anan, former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, and Colonel Ahmed Konsowa, or isolation and house arrest, just like Ahmed Shafiq, or facing the charges of indecent act such as the lawyer Khaled Ali!

The presidential elections in Egypt were announced months ago in all squares, streets, neighbourhoods and alleys of every Egyptian province through banners including the pictures of no one but the hero of the play. Simply, because there is no one else in the play but him, even the Extras disappeared. Since when did the Extras take part in the electoral farce, which no country in the world has witnessed before?!

It is a farce play in every sense of the word, for its director has forced shop owners and companies to lift more than one banner in support of the only hero or else the Tax Authority will be waiting for them and documents will come out of the drawers, and the fate of those whose documents come out of the drawers will become unknown! Ministries; public institutions and authorities in general have entered the electoral marathon, during which they competed to mobilise their staff for the ballot. They posted leaflets and used the carrot and stick approach to call staff to go to the electoral committees or else they will be held accountable. At the same time, staff were promised job benefits. Beheira province has gone too far with this strategy to bribe the villages and centres, which include the largest number of voters. It did this through a........

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