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Khaled Tlema: standing for change in Egypt's poll

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Khaled Tlema: standing for change in Egypt's poll


Oussim is one of the poorest parts of Cairo.

It is where Khaled Tlema and other young Egyptians embarked on protests at the start of the year against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. And it is where he has chosen to stand as an election candidate for the Revolution Youth Coalition.

Tlema told euronews about the key question he wants to address.

“Slogans for freedom, slogans for change, slogans

for social justice – how can we work to translate these slogans into the constitution; into real legislation; into laws govering every minor detail of Egyptians’ lives?”

And then he sets off to Tahrir Square to pursue his bid for change. Lively discussions indicate not everyone agrees. It is perhaps a generational conflict.

The Revolution Youth Coalition has its own tent where Tlema has spent his nights alongside the others for the past week.

“What happened in Tahrir Square – a handful of people chanted slogans demanding freedoms,” he said, comparing recent protests with those earlier this year. “They were treated in the same oppressive manner, which confirms that the old regime and its way of thinking still continue.”

People power has already proved itself in Tahrir Square. As Tlema settles down for another night there, he is hoping he can also prove himself in parliament.

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