Magazine article The Spectator

After the Revolution

Magazine article The Spectator

After the Revolution

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As the war for Libya's future is underal Facebookers and Islamic Holy Bookers - and the latter seem to be winning. The results of last weekend's referendum point to a simple truth: the internet was fine as a tool for gathering a few hundred thousand youths in Tahrir Square and dazzling the western media. But it is largely useless as a means of winning elections across large swathes of Egypt, where three quarters of the population have no internet connection at all.

The conditions have proved perfect for the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood ran an aggressive and disciplined campaign, declaring it a religious duty for all Muslims to vote 'yes' to a quick and dirty patch-up of the constitution - paving the way for parliamentary and presidential elections in the next few months. The referendum turnout was a dismal 40 per cent. For all their online presence, the Egyptian twitterati have yet to organise themselves into coherent political entitles. …

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