Coalition seeks US help to promote greater democracy in Egypt

A coalition of Egyptian organisations in North America plans to hold a demonstration next week in the US state of Texas to step up pressure on the Obama administration to help promote greater democracy in the country.

Updated: May 19, 2010, 23:42 PM IST

Cairo: A coalition of Egyptian
organisations in North America plans to hold a demonstration
next week in the US state of Texas to step up pressure on the
Obama administration to help promote greater democracy in the
country.

The Coalition of Egyptian Organisations in North
America held a meeting yesterday and announced plan to hold a
second demonstration next Saturday in Texas, in addition to
other activities in front of the Egyptian consulate.
The meeting, attended by the representatives of 10
organizations from the coalition, aims to pressure the
Egyptian government to allow people from the country living in
the US to vote at the Egyptian Embassy and consulates.

It was attended by a number of Egyptian politicians,
including Kamal al-Sawi and members of the Egyptian Society
for Change.

The society also announced plan to complete the
formation of working groups and membership of thousands of
Egyptians in the US to exert pressure on the government
broaden democratic participation.

Al-Sawi, who formerly served as senior political and
security analyst at the American military intelligence,
described the ruling regime in Egypt as "despotic". He said it
had compelled the Egyptian organisations in the US to bring
about a complete change in the system in a peaceful manner.

Al-Sawi said he has drafted a proposal for an
"independent elections Commission" in the forthcoming
elections, in addition to local and international supervisors
to closely monitor the elections.
He said the proposal also provides for reviewing the
registries of all voters, something he claimed has not taken
place in Egypt in the past 50 years and to allow Egyptians
abroad to be allowed to cast their votes.

Al-Sawi claimed that there was a "strategic alliance"
between the Egyptian government and Israel aimed at protecting
the security of the Jewish nation.

Consequently, the aim of the US converges with the
Egyptian leadership, he claimed, adding we find the Washington
"balking" at exerting pressure on the Cairo.

Al-Sawi described Muhammad ElBaradei, the former boss
of the international nuclear watchdog IAEA, as representing a
silent majority in the country. He said the emergence of
ElBaradei offers a third alternative.

If he can establish direct contact with the people
through his private media he will succeed, Al-Sawi said.

If ElBaradei entered the presidential elections --
whether opposite President Husni Mubarak or his son Jamal--he
would score a crushing victory against them.

PTI