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Thursday, January 26, 2012

One of Those "Sleeping" Legislators is Blind

I was one of many to post a picture of the Egyptian Parliament's first day which appeared to show two of the Salafi MPs sleeping. As Marc Lynch points out in "The Sleeping Salafi," the fellow at the lower right, Dr. Wageeh al-Sheemy, is actually blind, which explains the closed eyes. He is in fact the first blind member elected to the Egyptian Parliament. My apologies to Dr. Al-Sheemy, and congratulations to his constituents for electing him to Parliament despite a disability.

The fellow two rows back, however, is pretty clearly in dreamland:

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