Highlight from The New Arab Debates from Alexandria, Egypt on January 21st 2013.
MOTION: This House believes Egypt is dangerously divided and intolerant
FOR THE MOTION: Ghada Shahbender, Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights
AGAINST THE MOTION: Tarek Shaalan, Head of the Economic Committee, Al Watan Party
For the full debate: newarabdebates.com/en/debates/series-2/21-january-2013-alexandria/
To get involved: newarabdebates.com/en/nad-and-you/
Since the revolution, the Islamist parties have won every referendum and every election. But how much of the country actually supports them - and where are the faultlines between different sections of society? This debate was held for the first time in Alexandria, which has seen its own share of demonstrations and unrest. Is President Morsi a leader for all Egypt or a politician intent on maximising the power and influence of his own movement. Two years after Egypt's revolution began an overwhelming majority at a free speech forum here said the country was sinking under the weight of deepening political and religious divisions.
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