Dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim recently returned to Egypt from exile. Washington Post senior associate editor Lally Weymouth talked with him in Cairo. Excerpts follow:
L.W.: How many years have you been out of the country?
SEI: Four years.
L.W.: You weren't allowed to come back to Egypt or you would have been arrested?
SEI: Yes, there were about 28 cases against me [brought by the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak]. This time when I landed, there were thousands of people waiting for me. I have dominated the news. ... This bodes ill for the future of democracy in this country.
L.W.: Because the other liberal forces are in disarray?
L.W.: Are the Salafis as numerous as the Muslim Brotherhood?
SEI: No, but they are more vehement.
L.W.: More Islamist?