Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Tue109 2018

Last update19:14 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Issues > Reform Issues
Hisham Qasim to Reuters: No Progress As Long As Mubarak Is in Power. No Reformists in NDP
The Egyptian prominent human rights activist, Hisham Qasim, said that the weak pressure put on Egypt by the US for democracy...
Thursday, October 11,2007 09:13
by Alaa Shaheen Al-Masrey Al-Youm

The Egyptian prominent human rights activist, Hisham Qasim, said that the weak pressure put on Egypt by the US for democracy has left liberals confused between an authoritarian government and the Islamists, while there is no potential for a change any time soon.

He told Reuters that during his meetings with US President George Bush and US high-ranking officials, he did not feel any interest on their part in potential for democracy in Egypt. He added that no progress will be made as long as President Mubarak is in power after spending 26 years in his "fortified" post. 

He added that people like him have been left alone in facing Mubarak’s regime and the support that it receives from the other side of the Atlantic. He then pointed out that the oppression of liberals is opening the door more and more in front of strong Islamic opposition and giving it the chance of gaining more ground.

Qasim is one of the four activists who won the Democracy Award for their national stances in favor of democracy. He received it from President Bush last month and spent almost an hour with him.

Qasim said that seeing the US President uninterested in a way or another in what is politically happening in Egypt made him sure the program for democracy is definitely over.

He pointed out that Bush is basically concerned with Islamists in Egypt. He affirmed to have told the President that people have now no alternative, as Islamists are working outside mosques while secular political parties are totally forbidden to work.

After mentioning the bad economic conditions as a cause of this Islamist revival, Qasim expressed his worry that Egypt could turn into a religious State by 2010, which is when the next elections will take place.

He then mentioned that the President told him he was annoyed that the US gives Egypt $2 billion a year to keep the country stable and prevent it from becoming a religious State.

Qasim then reported a question from Bush about reformists in NDP, to which he answered that unfortunately there were none. Bush then started to talk about Thailand and the rest of the discussions were about the history of the White House.

Qasim then pointed out that he had similar impressions during his meeting with Dick Cheney’s counselor, John Hannah, who said that he wanted to know how close the US campaign was from achieving democracy in Egypt.

 Qasim then added that when one of his assistants posed a question about what was happening to journalists in Egypt, it emerged that the counselor knew nothing about this issue


Posted in Reform Issues , MB in Arabian press  
Add Comment Send to Friend Print
Related Articles
Promoting Democracy?
Secular Tunisia may face a new, younger Islamist challenge
From Jordan to Morocco; Are the Arab Islamist Movements in Decline?
Pushback or Progress? Arab Regimes Respond to Democracy’s Challenge
Home Thought on Islam and Democracy
Early Islamist responses to Western challenge
US democracy push makes Middle East liberals cringe
Egypt’s democratisation: reality or mirage?
POMED-SAIS Event on Islamist Political Participation in Turkey and Morocco
Egypt’s NDP votes amid turmoil
Is Spreading Democracy in Middle East a Bad Idea?
EVENT: Islamist Political Participation and Democratic Development
Perceptions of identity: Islamist identity and neoconservatism
Do not undermine moderate Islamists: The case of Muslim Brotherhood leader, Khayrat El-Shater
Democracy, not terror, is the engine of political Islam
U.S. Democracy Promotion During and After Bush
Success of Turkey’s AK Party must not dilute worries over Arab Islamists
Moroccan Elections: A new rise for Islamists?
A Response to Western Views of Islamist Movements
Amnesty says Jailed Egypt Islamist leader in poor health
Turkey, Palestine, Morocco: No Welcome to Islamists
Islamist democracy
A shift in the thinking of Egyptian Islamists
Islamists under fire draft first political programme
Are Islamists Heading to Power?
Can Morocco’s Islamists check al-Qaida?
Mubarak’s Son to Be NDP Leader
Opposition Refuses Dialogue with NDP
Habib: NDP Conference Consolidates Inheritance Of Power
Al Katatni: We Reject NDP Tailored Constitutional Amendments
NDP: There are no Christians in Egypt
Coptic Candidate Accuses NDP of Politically Assassinating Christians
2 NDP Leaders: MB’s Activities Not Under Anti-Terrorism Law