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All right now critter has scared yet that we're gonna now go and talked to is -- Coleman has been on the show before -- at the council on foreign relations.
A friend of mine a lady who has absolutely.
Nailed it on every aspect of the Arab spring -- somebody who has been out there early on saying this is gonna happen.
You were there in the Middle East when it started happening.
And you continue to write and talk about it so thank you Isabel for joining us.
-- having me okay we could continue at the very beginning in the Arab spring and you talk about what was going on give us now this six month for Parker we're now.
In the fall months we started having elections a number of leaders have been toppled.
Where are we.
Why I never like this -- Arab spring.
I -- -- go to our I agree but.
We -- it Arab unrest at Arab revolutions where.
I think where we're coming to the -- of the beginning in some countries but we're still very much at the beginning that you've seen.
A historic election in Tunisia.
Very optimistic collection it had high voter turnout.
And people feel very proud of of what they've accomplished there.
In a relatively short amount of time they were the first country -- topple their dictator first to hold an election.
The elections were peaceful.
Lots of different parties ran it was up quite confusing I think fear average voter they were faced with.
Lots and lots of different choices but they turned out in droves they voted it was peaceful.
And you now see a government coming together in Tunisia.
-- and not the the Islamist party was.
Elect -- garnered -- plurality of votes the largest number perhaps is still not sure exactly where they come out but over 40% maybe 50% of the vote.
And now you have them forming a coalition government with some of the liberal party's.
And and talking about some of really the important issues -- think that this is not -- be.
That focused on.
Religion right now moral issues social codes they're really looking -- Getting the economy back up and running and and getting forward network.
We're starting out and you can't save -- Sharon some.
Video now of the election out last week in Tunisia now let's -- -- today Egypt.
Where they were supposed to have fall elections that's not gonna happen what's the state of play in -- Well Egypt is more complicated it's.
It is a more complicated situation you've got.
Thing at a less literate population.
A population that is I think a very distrustful of of governments.
You've got some deep.
Some progressive secularist parties and and more conservative religious parties.
And by law you're not allowed to have religion and that name of your party but.
Clearly there's some.
This a spectrum of religious parties help their from some that are trying to.
Find a middle ground and and talk about very important.
Economic social issues and and perhaps.
Form a coalition with some of the more liberal secular parties.
But you've got some also very very conservative parties and right now it's it's very fluid in Egypt and it's hard to predict how all this is gonna turn everything military's don't charge an -- the military.
Has remained in charge in Egypt.
And are they do they look like there -- favoring the Islamist party is the secular parties are going after the Coptic Christians we're gonna have a report on that.
And a few -- as -- where where's the military balance well the military is.
Trying to walk a fine line here there's been the various.
-- -- himself who flirted with running in the presidential election which presumably will be held next year.
And not close that out off as an option.
That you see.
And some remnants of the and of the -- -- the former ruling you know and DP party.
When we constituting itself and they have some close links with the military.
You see the military with some would close links with them Muslim Brotherhood are elements of it -- You know I think it's hard to say so.
Where they exactly come out on this politics is not their thing.
And -- you also can sense that they've really.
Don't wanna get bogged down in the political details of a ball -- that's.
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