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Berlin warns Egypt is sliding to dictatorship
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Berlin warns Egypt is sliding to dictatorship

Published: 17 Dec 2012 07:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Dec 2012 07:57 GMT+01:00

“There’s the danger that the dictatorial system of the deposed President Mubarak is simply resurrected with other people,” Niebel told the daily Berliner Zeitung.

He said in light of the precarious political situations in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, instability in Egypt presented an enormous threat to the region’s security.

Niebel said the German government had limited contact with Egyptian officials following Morsi’s recent attempt to extend his presidential powers by decree. Planned debt relief had also been postponed indefinitely.

But if Cairo returned to the path of democracy, he said Berlin was prepared to help.

“It’s up to the Egyptian government,” Niebel told the paper.

Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, is currently trying to push through an Islamic constitution despite widespread opposition in the population. In a first round of voting marred by low turnout and irregularities, a narrow majority supported the new constitution this weekend.

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Your comments about this article

09:52 December 17, 2012 by mobaisch
I think he is more democratic than Frau Merkel.

At least he is doing REFERENDUM on his decision, not like Merkel!
13:08 December 17, 2012 by boxtuna
I wonder where Mr Niebel was the last 30 years.

Right, I forgot, Mubarak was OUR dictator. He was a friend.
17:33 December 17, 2012 by neunElf
Another foreign policy success by the Obama administration and Mrs. Clinton!
14:00 December 18, 2012 by trevzns
Its up to the Egyptian government? Yes and no.

Minister Niebel remakes maybe a reflection of the German and American governments self-interests desire to influence the elected government of Egypt and ignore the election results?

I do not live in Egypt or am I an Egyptian citizen. However, from much of the western media news reports, its obvious the Muslim Brotherhood are better organized and have support and the votes from the majority of Egyptians that go to the polls.

The opposition leaders complain about policies, the constitution and take their protests to the streets. When their concerns and issues are defected at the polls, they stall or boycott the political process and Its back to streets crying voter violations.

There will always be complaints from voters and possible polling violations. The worlds gate keeper of democracy, the U.S. had complaints and reports of voter intimidation and possible polling violation issues.

Mr. Mubarak and other dictatorships served the U.S., Europe and other rogue states in the Middle East well for 30-years. In a democratic Republic or an Islamic quasi democracy....It should be the peoples vote.

After all, its their lands and resources even after occupation and colonization.
19:18 December 19, 2012 by MIKE LOUGHNANE
one election every thousand years or so that's enough
14:19 December 28, 2012 by Bill Simpson
The first Muslim Pharaoh?
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