Egyptian presidential elections discussed [Archives:2005/881/Local News]

September 29 2005

SANA'A- Sept. 28- In cooperation with the Egyptian Embassy based in Sana'a, the Yemen Times Establishment held a discussion Wednesday on the Egyptian elections and the democratic experience in the most populous Arab country.

Participants in the event discussed the Egyptian experience in the democratic field, the latest presidential elections and developments and changes within the framework of political reforms in the region. The discussion concluded with a briefed analysis on the results of the elections and regional benefits associated with the Egyptian experience.

The discussion made a questionnaire on the dimensions of Yemen's coming presidential elections scheduled for September 2006.

The discussion concentrated much on the acceptance of the Arab public opinion for change and whether there is a move for enhancing the role of organizations and shifting powers from the President to the Parliament. It placed more emphasis on the role of media, political parties and forces and civil community organizations as well as the international pressure and their influence on the democratic transformation.

The Egyptian Ambassador, Mohamed Badriddine represented his country in the meeting while Dr. Ahmad al-Asbahi, Assistant Secretary General of the People's General Congress, the ruling party represented the government of Yemen. Both officials gave a speech on the Egyptian democracy and its effect in the region.