Egyptian Revolution's Biggest Name Shuns Politics, Spotlight


Another of the young, loud voices from the revolution believes Ghonim's take on politics is "s**t."

"He could have done so much," said activist Gigi Ibrahim, a member of the Revolutionary Socialists who was a mainstay on Tahrir last winter and since. She called Ghonim "completely absent" but also said his role and profile have been overblown by the media, echoed here by many. He was just one of the Facebook page's administrators, she said, and it was a people's revolution, not a Facebook revolution, as it has been called in the press.

On the last points, Ghonim agrees.

"We were there to bring back the choice to them [the Egyptian people] and let them choose who they want. The leaders should be elected and I'm happy with whomever is elected [in] parliament or as a president."

But on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the uprising, Ghonim plans to be back out on Tahrir Square, joining thousands of others protesting the slow pace of democratization.

"The most critical thing now is the completing the power transition," he said, "we want the army to get out of politics we want to see an elected president, an elected parliament take charge of this country."

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