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Hopes and fears as Egyptians await poll results

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Hopes and fears as Egyptians await poll results


In the Cairo square that cradled Egypt’s revolt, demonstrators gathered on Friday to mourn those killed last month at rallies ahead of the country’s election.

Some fear their dreams could be stolen by well-organised Islamists. But, poised for success in the poll, The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is keen to offer reassurance.

“The Egyptian nation is the main winner in this election,” said the party’s Deputy Leader Dr. Issam al-Eryan. “We think any political parties represented in parliament will have a huge responsibility to the people to implement the aims of the revolution and turn Egyptians’ hopes to reality by achieving freedom, social justice and humanitarian dignity.”

Among the tents in Tahrir Square, some are optimistic that things could change for the better.

“We need to try a new system,” said protester Mohamed Sa’dawai. “Let us give them a chance first and then we can judge their efforts. And if they are not efficient….we can come back to the Square.”

Egyptians know more than anyone what people power can achieve. So these elections may not mean the end of Tahrir Square as a place of protest.

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