An expert on Egypt says a great opportunity was lost during that country's revolution two years ago. Jerry Leach is professor emeritus at American University in Cairo. He says when the Egyptian military took over during the transition from Hosni Mubarak to civilian rule, they put the carriage before the horse by listening to what they believed was the voice of the people:
Leach says by holding elections first, when the Muslim Brotherhood was the only organized non-Mubarak political entity in the country, they gave the group carte blanche to draw up a constitution. That allowed them to elevate the presidency back to a totalitarian office, the same as when Mubarak held the position.
Jerry Leach is the keynote speaker at this weekend's Peoria Area World Affairs Council Middle East Conference. The conference begins Friday at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria and continues through Saturday.
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