4 July 2013, 10:20

Arab Spring has led to chaos rather than democracy - Russian Duma deputy

Алексей Пушков постскриптум

Alexei Pushkov. 

Alexei Pushkov. 

The ongoing events in Egypt confirm that the so-called Arab Spring has led not to democratic renewal but to chaos, says Russian State Duma international affairs committee head Alexei Pushkov.

 

"The events in Egypt show that there can't be a quick and gentle transition from an authoritarian regime to political democracy. There can't be such a transition in the Arab East countries," Pushkov told Interfax early on Thursday.

"This shows that democracy doesn't work as a panacea primarily in countries that do not belong to the Western world. This is a very difficult, long and painful process affecting economic development and social conditions. In other words, the Arab Spring has so far led not to democracy but to chaos. We can see this in Egypt, in Libya, in Syria, and in Iraq," he said.

Events in Egypt are bad signal for entire region - Pushkov 

The recent events in Egypt prove that the "Arab Spring" did lead not to a democratic renewal, but to chaos, said the head of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov.

"Democracy as a panacea does not work", said the politician. Especially in countries that do not belong to the Western world, he added.

Pushkov underlined the fact that Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt only about a year ago.

"In a democratic society things like that do not happen. Namely that in one year the mood of the electorate changed so radically. Morsi did not do anything to cause such changes," said Pushkov.

In his view, this shows that in Egypt, the people's will was conditional and relative and that this is a bad signal for the whole region.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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