Today is the first day of the election here in Cairo and 8 other municipalities. We’ve heard on the radio and TV that it’s been calm and peaceful so far.
Amr, our fantastic hotellier, tells us that he is very happy with the reports so far and that he has great hopes for the election to continue in a peaceful manner - not so much because he believes the outcome will be significant for the future of the country (since there will soon be re-elections etc) but because this could prove that Egypt is ready for a true democracy.
We’re soon heading out to get a glimpse of the polling stations here in Garden City, Cairo and hopefully do some broadcasting. However, we heard from the Swedish Ambassador who we met with yesterday, that foreigners with cameras are not very well greeted around the stations, so we’ll be carful :-)