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Egyptians doubtful about military's vow to fulfil Arab revolution's aims: Poll

Cairo, Thu, 24 Nov 2011 ANI

Cairo, Nov 24(ANI): Egyptians are doubtful whether the country's military will achieve the aims of the revolution that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, a new poll has found.


According to a University of Maryland poll, about 43 percent of Egyptians said the military was working against the revolution's aims, as compared to 21 percent, who endorsed the contrary view.


"There appears to be a major shift in Egyptian public attitudes toward military authorities, and this will likely have important consequences for politics there in coming weeks," University of Maryland Professor Shibley Telhami said.


"Egyptians have continuously expressed trust in the military institution, particularly in the early weeks after the fall of Mubarak, but this new survey suggests a loss of confidence that will be hard to address simply through modest steps, including the change of transitional government," he added.


According to the poll, about 21 percent of respondents backed former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Mousa followed by Muhammad ElBaradei and Ahmad Shafiq.


Turkey was described as the "most constructive" player, and its Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the most admired among world leaders.


About 35 percent of respondents said if Iran acquired weapons of mass destruction, it would imply a negative measure for Middle East.


Sixty four percent of Arabs backed Iranian nuclear program and opposed the objections of international community to halt it, while 46 percent of respondents said international intervention in the Libyan turmoil was unjustified.


The poll also found that 55 percent of respondents were optimistic about the Arab world's future following the revolution, 16 percent pessimistic and 23 percent said there would be no change.


The survey, which interviewed 3000 people, was conducted in five Arab nations - Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. (ANI)


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