The West is blindfolded when it comes to Egypt

It seems that the West’s media and political officials do not desire to understand what is going on in Egypt. It is as if they have chosen to be blind – as I have previously noted – and are resisting any attempt to change that. Proof to that is how almost all Western media outlets dealt with the electoral process and its results in Egypt.

Accurate follow-ups confirm that the only constant of these outlets is to suspect the reality of Egyptians’ will and show that Egyptian society is divided. These news outlets seek to undermine any notion that Sisi enjoyed a sweeping majority and in brief, they want to present Egypt as a model for division and political persecution.

The clear results of this follow up confirm that the major aim is to doubt the political results of the elections. From the very beginning and before the elections were even held, most Western media outlets were suspicious over the state apparatuses’ stance regarding these elections. They also focused on any forms of protests - even if they were just few people gathered for doctrinal motives or because they were paid to demonstrate. However they either totally ignored or suspected the real popular state.

Inaccurate information on a low voter turnout

On the first day of the elections, there was inaccurate information on a low voter turnout. Accurate statistics will, however, confirm that those who voted on day one accounted to more than 12 million. The Western media took the path of marketing a low voter turnout to support its stance that the upcoming president is incapable of uniting the Egyptians as he claims. On the second day of elections when the Egyptians’ flow to the polling stations continued, these media outlets continued to market what they marketed on day one. The election commission’s decision to add one day of voting supported the false allegation of a low turnout as it appeared like it was a decision aimed at saving candidate Sisi. This, however, contradicts with the truth that more than 22 million people voted during the first two days. But Western media outlets and others with similar visions and aims found their perfect chance to say that the upcoming president is popularly weaker than he claims and that he doesn’t unite the people like his supporters say.

It seems that the West’s media and political officials do not desire to understand what is going on in Egypt

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

Those who observe Western behavior can notice that it recognizes the fait accompli that the Egyptians imposed their will yet still wants to underestimate this as much as possible. Therefore, it wasn’t strange when a Western diplomat considered that Sisi’s sweeping victory did not fall in their favor and that it’s best for them if Sisi considerably wins but without being a consensual figure - that is still be a strong president but within limits and not be a popular figure with unlimited popular support. The last aim is to confirm that the Egyptian society is divided and that the upcoming president is not the man to unite or save the nation. I expect that upcoming events will confirm that they’ve once again made wrong calculations.

This article was first published in al-Masry al-Youm.


Abdel Latif el-Menawy is an author, columnist and multimedia journalist who has covered conflicts around the world. He is the author of “Tahrir: the last 18 days of Mubarak,” a book he wrote as an eyewitness to events during the 18 days before the stepping down of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Menawy’s most recent public position was head of Egypt’s News Center. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists in the United Kingdom, and the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate. He can be found on Twitter @ALMenawy


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