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Egypt’s Amr Moussa, a candidate for president

Al Arabiya has a nice article up on Amr Moussa, a front runner for the presidency of Egypt.  In the article, Moussa discusses the need for a short transition to a presidential election in order to improve security in Egypt.

“A long transitional period is not in the interest of Egyptians nor Egypt,” he said, adding it would slow action to support the economy “and also will create an opportunity for all those who want to play havoc with the Egyptian society.”

Moussa, Egypt’s foreign minister in the 1990s and head of the Arab League for a decade until this year, said investors, tourists and institutions ready to offer soft loans would hesitate unless the nation’s political direction was clearer.

Consultancy firm Geopolicity said in a report that Egypt’s uprising had cost the economy $9.97 billion up to September.

Moussa deflected concerns within Egypt that the army may attempt to hold on to power beyond what is needed for the purposes of allowing a democratic transition.  Currently, a parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on November 28th.  As for electing a president,

Moussa and other presidential candidates have called for a presidential poll on April 1 before a new constitution is drawn up. Under an existing army timeline, the new parliament must choose a body to write the new constitution before such a poll. That could put it back to the end of 2012 or early 2013.

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