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Of course no one today dares reject the democratic trend in the Arab world or else he will be accused of heresy. And it is natural for the option of the Egyptians today to be the democratic option as a social contract by which to be governed. It is clear that they are agreed on this trend whether they are youths, political parties, former opposition groups, independent national figures, intellectuals, and simple citizens. Even the military proclaimed clearly that they are the supporters of democracy today and its guarantors tomorrow. Therefore, we are faced with the first popular consensus in the Arab world for democracy. Naturally, this is a reason for rejoicing because any form of governance that satisfies the majority and guarantees Egypt’s stability is in the interest of the whole Arab world.

But as is often said: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And there are many good intentions in the Al-Tahrir Square where the youths paid their blood for this goal. But is consensus enough to achieve this goal? There are more than 120 democratic states in the world less than half of which are democratic. The Arab world heard about democracy more than 50 years ago when it was sold to it as part of the false promises. However, the Arab world has not practiced democracy to this day. M

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is the former general manager of Al-Arabiya television. He is also the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly magazine Al-Majalla. He is also a senior columnist in the daily newspapers Al-Madina and Al-Bilad. He has a US post-graduate degree in mass communications, and has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He is currently based in Dubai.

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