Written by Salah Almhamdi
As the time approaches for the Egyptian presidential election , there have been calls not only in Egypt but also around the Arab world for televised presidential debates. During the 2005 presidential election Mubarak rebuffed calls  for such debates, but now with a genuine presidential race  for the first time, Egyptian voters are keen to see the kind of debates they have watched taking place in the United States and elsewhere.
On April 22, Twitter users discussed the idea of “Monazarat” (”Debates”), and called for televised presidential debates in Egypt.
Safwat Safi tweeted [ar]:
Journalist Mohamed Abdel Kodos wrote on his blog  [ar]:
Blogger Sara Labib expressed her amazement [ar]:
Twitter user ta7riro suggested some debate topics:
@khelaly : healthcare, slums, street children, cultural heritage, innovation
Writer Marwa Elnaggar criticised the presidential elections’ poster frenzy  and tweeted [ar]:
Iyad Elbaghdadi joked:
@iyad_elbaghdadi : At the very least, presidential debates in #Egypt will give our stand-up comedians some new material!
Hesham Alquraini believes such debates would be highly significant [ar]:
This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Elections 2011/12 .
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