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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Egypt's First Presidential Debate

Egypt's elections (which even the court that "canceled" them now concedes aren't really cancelled) are less than two weeks away, and the first ever televised Presidential debate starts in under an hour, between supposed front-runners Amr Moussa and Abdel-Moneim Abu'l-Futuh. For those of you who know Arabic, it will be live-streamed on YouTube, which I'm embedding so you can watch it here. [Live stream now replaced with the video.]  The Guardian is live-blogging in English. So is the New York Times, here.
UPDATE: In the US the talking heads talk the debate to death after it ends. Egypt is putting the analysis ahead of the debate. You figure it out.
UPDATE II: This may explain it:

UPDATE III: 3:25 Eastern Time US, a couple of hours after coverage started, the two candidates finally come on stage.

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