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Egypt is the land of the bizarre

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The streets in downtown Cairo were completely shut down and the people were banned from running their errands and attending to their businesses. Cars were also prevented from accessing the streets, while planes flew low in the sky two days before Egypt’s pharaoh was sworn in for another presidential term in front of the parliament. The parliament’s building is located downtown and preparations to secure the path to the location were underway two days in advance in this provocative manner. As for the actual day, he arrived with an enourmous entourage consisting of dozens of cars in front of and behind him, while planes guarded him from above. He even drove in the opposite direction, despite the fact that the streets were empty of both vehicles and pedestrians, as if the country had no other people but himself and his guards.

This occurred despite the fact that they claimed he won the elections by 98 per cent vote and that the people chose him. Why, then, all this fear from his allegedly loving nation?

This scene reminds us of the election of the first civilian president in 2012, President Mohamed Morsi, when he stood in Tahrir Square, amongst the people, not........

© Middle East Monitor