Miscellany

military takes control in Egypt, FGM is democratic?

The army’s announcement, which included the suspending of the constitution, was a further rebuff to some pro-democracy activists after troops were sent to clear demonstrators from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the centre of the protests that brought down Hosni Mubarak.

I hope that this isn’t a case of out of the frying pan into the fire. The army is ruling by decree for 6 months or more while elections are scheduled. Will the elections (and real ones I mean) take place?

As an ironic aside, I read today that the rate of female genital mutilation in Egypt is 91%. I found that shocking. Democracy should begin with an end to cutting off women’s bits.

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