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Current issue | Issue 1378, (25 -31 January 2018)
Wednesday,20 March, 2019
Issue 1378, (25 -31 January 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Bread, freedom and social justice

25 January

The press shed light this week on the seventh anniversary of the 25 January Revolution.

Mai Azzam wrote that the present scene does not match or come close to the dreams of change or the revolution’s slogan: bread, freedom and social justice.

Our revolution, she explained, was part of the Arab Spring that came with plans to make drastic changes in the region.

“Revolutions are like a creature that must be given space to grow. Our revolution was born at a suitable time but its growth came in complicated timing on the regional and international levels. Thus, external as well as internal factors impeded our revolution,” Azzam wrote in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

However, she added, dreams cannot be stolen, and thoughts do not die. The revolution still presents a genuine inspiration to Egyptians. It is still the dream that accompanies us but needs hope and patience to be achieved.

Newspapers closely followed the countdown for the presidential elections due in March.

Mahmoud Saadeddin wrote that we should not look at the presidential elections as a marathon or a competition between candidates, but as a conflict between the past and the future, between who is looking forward to a better tomorrow and who wants to take us back to pre-30 June.

As citizens, we should clearly ask ourselves what we want, Saadeddin wrote in the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei. “Do we want to focus on the past, to think about illusive slogans like opening the files of corruption or investigate cases related to the 25 January Revolution? Or involve ourselves in vicious circles that used up our effort after the revolution and reached no conclusions?” he asked.

Or instead, he added, do we want tangible achievements on the ground represented in new schools, roads and other projects that will benefit our children and future generations?

Saadeddin concluded by advising citizens to vote for the candidate who chooses to look to the future, not drag us to the past.

Shawki Al-Sayed wrote that the people are looking forward to genuine competition that will enrich political life in a democratic atmosphere that will bring out the best candidate. And that requires the participation of citizens because this is the right given to them by the constitution.

People, Al-Sayed added, are looking for a competition that will produce the candidate with the best programme and plans, who will abide by the constitution and respect rights and freedoms.

“Public opinion is no longer amazed by landslide victories. The age of a 99.9 percent win is over after the margin of freedom and the ability to choose has widened,” Al-Sayed wrote in the daily Al-Ahram.

By Amr Eissa, Al-Masry Al-Youm


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