When not out declaring that Israel’s current policies in the Palestinian territories constitute a system of apartheid, or living in denial that he did nothing when Iran fell to the mullah’s and 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, Mr. Carter found the time to drop by Egypt to check out the elections s reported by Al Arabiya News;
“Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter gave the thumbs up on Tuesday to Egypt’s parliamentary elections, saying the people’s will was “expressed accurately.”“We have been very pleased,” Carter told
reporters during a tour of a polling station at the Rod al-Farag girls’ secondary school in a working class district of the Egyptian capital
He said the election − a three-staged process launched in November to choose the first parliament since mass protests forced former president Hosni Mubarak to quit − had been peaceful despite “some problems.”
“But in general the will of the people has been expressed accurately,” he said on the eve of the end of the polls.
The Carter Center is one of the few monitoring group to have had a license to witness the election, and the former U.S. president will hold a news conference on Friday.’
Well, as phase three of the runoff polls closed today, another day of voting tomorrow signifies the beginning of the end of the country’s month-long elections process, any democracy as yet remains to be seen.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party won almost 40% of seats in the first two rounds of elections, which began Nov. 28. The Salafist Al-Noor Party, which supports full Islamic law, gained more than 20%.
Final results are likely this week. According to preliminary results from the country’s election agency, the voting was similar to previous rounds with the Brotherhood taking more than one third and Al-Noor coming in second.
But according to former President Carter, and apparently current President Obama, it’s all good
As long as there is no Rabbits around, that is..