Nabil El-Araby: Egypt’s Next President?

Secretary of the Arab League Nabil El-Araby

Everyone is wondering who will be Egypt’s next President. There are many rumors in Egypt. However, it looks like we might have an answer. Al-Masry El-Youm published an article, informing that regular secret meetings have been ongoing between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Freedom and Justice Party, and the liberal political parties (Source).

The leaked information reveals that the head of the Arab League Nabil El-Araby is the favorite amongst the military, Muslim Brotherhood, and liberals. We do not know for sure yet, if El-Arab will even run. He had indicated in the past that he had no intentions to run for office. We will soon find out.

Presidential candidates can officially file for their bid on March 10, 2012. Presidential elections will be held in May or June. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will be handing power to a civilian government by July 1, 2012.

The transfer of power should be completed this summer. However, rebuilding Egypt will be a daunting task for Egypt’s next administration. It does not matter who it will be. One thing is for sure, Egypt’s next President cannot work alone in reviving the economy, securing the country, and foremost transition towards a consolidated liberal democracy.

The role of every citizen will be critical. Now comes the hard part, we all have to work hard. The question is: Will you work hard? Egyptians have to embrace the principle of quality over quantity. Egyptians will have to become more productive, and talk less and do more.

I will end with President JFK’s famous quote:
“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

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Adel El-Adawy
Adel el-Adawy is a Next Generation Fellow at The Washington Institute. He is recent Masters recipient of the American University Graduate School of Political Science and was editor and creator of the Egyptian Student Abroad blog.

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