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With continual shelling, UN observers’ mission is hampered because of attacks aimed to derail them from doing their work. The six-point plan issued by Kofi Annan, which is aimed to call for an immediate cessation of fighting, first by the Syrian government then the opposition.

Raising safety concerns is UN general Mood of Norway, he feels the observers are at a disadvantage because they are unarmed, and also that these attacks are clearly directed at them by armed groups. Hence going through with the mission, will put his men in danger.

Talks are underway whether the UN mission should be suspended until it is safe to go back again.

Thousands Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square to protest the presidential results. Both camps are now claiming to have won the presidential elections, and this has triggered anger among the supporters of either camp.

Mohammed Morsi of the muslim brotherhood announced his victory over the weekend, and now Ahmed Shafik, former prime minister of the Mubarak regime is claiming to have won the presidential elections.

However, it is reported that the actual winner is Morsi of the muslim brotherhood, and if confirmed, this will be the first time Egypt will have an islamist government.

With all the uncertainty, it is safe to say that the winner will be announced to the world and at this moment its not ideal to lean toward one side, but instead wait for the official announcement.

The Egyptian Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing former regime members to run for office, and this gives Ahmed Shafiq a chance to take part in the upcoming presidential elections.

While most Egyptians see this as a backdrop to pre-revolution, there are many  who feel that the court’s decision was the right thing to do.

The court’s decision to dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament, was a smart move of not allowing the Islamists dictate the direction of the country. This also balances power on both ends of the aisle, and in the end the people will choose a candidate they hope will do right by the country in honor of all the blood shed during the revolution.

On Wednesday innocent victims in a small village of al-Qubayr, Hamas, yet again suffered another massacre at the hands of forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad. It is reported that the number of the dead is between 24 to 100, and among those  dead are women and children. Most victims were burnt in their own homes by the terrorists. When UN observers tried to gain access to where the massacres occurred, they were turned away, mostly by the villagers who feared for their safety.

Meanwhile UN chief, Kofi Anaan proposes additional sanctions to Syria in hopes that regime will rethink its actions and do whats best for Syria, which will be Assad stepping down. If non of this happens, many fear the country will slip into civil war, and this issue has some neighboring countries on pins and needles as they watch what is next.

Egypt’s presidential elections spark mixed emotions.


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