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Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, August 19, 2013

Egypt needs stability not democracy

Quick new elections would only worsen the situation in Egypt in the present circumstances, the conservative daily Financial Times warns: "The trouble is that calling for a restoration of democracy in Egypt now is both unrealistic and, in the short term, dangerous. It is unrealistic because the military is clearly engaged in a fight-to-the-finish with the Muslim Brothers. It is simply not going to allow them back into the political system in a meaningful fashion.... It would also be dangerous to press for fresh elections at present. Can you imagine those elections being conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, with the losers calmly agreeing to respect the results? For the moment, the restoration of stability must be a higher priority than a return to the ballot box. Political repression and the denial of freedom are horrible to behold. But civil war is even worse."

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