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Poll: Egyptians want Islamic rule



An Egyptian protester holds a cardboard bearing the Arabic writing ‘No collaboration with Israeli after the revolution, down with Israel’ during a demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo on April 27.

A recent survey has found that majority of Egyptians will back an Islamic and democratic system in the North African county.

Sixty percent of the 1,000 Egyptians surveyed by Al-Ahram daily say they want to establish an Islamic state with real democratic values.

Meanwhile, 24 percent of the respondents only emphasized on sole democratic values without an explicit mention of religion.

Four percent of the respondents suggested that a secular system in Egypt would indeed be desirable, while three percent said a military rule was suitable for the future of their country.

This comes more than two months after a popular revolution ousted US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak from power.

Analysts say that the recent developments in Egypt and other North African countries are the result of an “Islamic Awakening.”

Egyptians have called for free and fair elections after Mubarak’s ouster, saying that people must decide the kind of government they want.

They have also demanded their military rulers to abandon the Israeli regime and lift the blockade on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Egypt’s political parties say the Gaza blockade serves the interests of Israel and the US and threatens regional stability and independence.

Under the US-backed Mubarak regime, Egypt consistently served Tel Aviv’s objectives in the region by helping to impose a crippling blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip after the democratically-elected Hamas government took control of the territory in 2007.

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