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Aug 28, 2015
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Egyptian TV Host and Journalist Magdy Tantawy: We Need a Just Dictatorship

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In a recent address, Egyptian TV host Magdy Tantawy said that Arab society was not ready for democracy in any way. "We need a strong ruler - who is more like a dictator, but is just," said Tantawy, deputy editor-in-chief of Al-Gomhuria daily, speaking on the Egyptian Al-Assema TV channel on Aug 28, 2015.

Following are excerpts:

Magdy Tantawy: I might get some people upset, but our nation is as far as can be from democracy in its true sense.


The January 25 Revolution erupted in order to overthrow the Mubarak regime. But what did it bring in tow? Chaos. A destructive chaos. We witnessed this chaos. It engulfed everything. To this day, we are still suffering the consequences of that chaos.


I am inclined towards the democracy preached by Imam Muhammad Abduh - a democracy protected by a [military] force, or, to be more precise, a just dictator. We need a strong ruler - who is more like a dictator, but is just. He has to be consistently just. This is what I wish for. I am among the staunchest opponents of democracy in our Arab societies. Our Arab societies are not ready for democracy in any way.


I am not saying that Sisi is a dictator. I will never accept a dictator, unless he is a just one.


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