Press TV - Kourosh Ziabari :As the Egyptian 2011 Presidential election approaches, the international community's concerns over the grave violation of human rights and suppression of political activists and dissidents in this African country grows increasingly.
Unfortunately, what's demonstrable under the current political circumstances of Egypt is that the African country is no more a representative of the glorious civilization of the Ancient Egypt. The footsteps of tolerance and freedom cannot be traced in the policies of the government of Cairo and to add insult to the injury, we should confess that Egypt currently has one of the most repressive and tyrannical regimes in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei who was named as one of the potential candidates for the second presidential election in the history of Egypt has described the Egyptian democracy as a "sham" and called for an all-out boycott of the elections. "Total boycott of elections and signing petition are first steps to unmask sham 'democracy.' Participation would be contrary to the national will," wrote Mr. ElBaradei in a post to his Twitter webpage.
According to the constitutional laws of Egypt, every potential candidate needs at least 250 signatures from the Shura Council and People's Assembly, the upper and lower houses of Egypt's legislature, in order to legitimize his bid for presidency. The Shura Council and People's Assembly are overwhelmingly dominated by the supporters of the President Hosni Mubarak.