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Well obviously I started reading a lot of news on Egypt: its political and social situation. And I must say that Egypt is a real mess right now. Revolutionary euphoria was followed by the everyday problems and dilemmas.

 

I am a bit terrified and worried at the same time: clearly Egypt is placed in a very interesting position at the moment. Different political powers are trying to affect each other, on top of that religious organizations have something to say while the situation is controlled by the military that was not present on the political scene before. Prior to coming to Egypt I was shocked by the news informing that Egypt will ban bikinis on its beaches, will oblige women to wear veils and other sick news of this kind. Well I don’t see any of this happening in this country so far.

 

Some people say that it might happen and authorities will impose certain restrictions on the society, including the foreigners. However, the bikini and alcohol bans and any other ban of such kind will most likely affect the county’s tourism area that provides substantial income for the state. Taking this in consideration some other people would object that if Egypt goes this way the country would attract other type of tourism: a religious tourism. So tourists from strict religious societies across the Middle East [such as Saudi Arabia] would come to Egypt for holidays. Well, this might sound legit , but rather hardly achievable in reality. Nevertheless Muslims are not the only ones who live in this country, the largest minority group – Coptic Christians, represent 10% of the population. And they will never support mandatory veil plans or any other restricting ideas.

 

Various political parties were organized/mobilized all across the country. Religious aspect represent a murky area: no one can predict what will happen. Actually I was not aware that “Egyptian law forbids the formation of political parties that make references to religion in their platforms. The Building and Development Party, formed by al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, was denied registration because its platform was too explicitly Islamist” – as the Carnegie Endowment think tank puts it.  So this is a good thing and things are not as bad as they might seem from another country.

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About Masha Egupova

I am coming from the small city on the Russian Far East called Vladivostok, but Chinese call it 海參崴 [Hǎishēnwǎi] meaning "Sea Cucumber Cliffs." In my blog I will present the view from and about Vladivostok and my views on what is going on in Russia in general.

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