Last Updated: Sun Jun 24, 2012 21:50 pm (KSA) 18:50 pm (GMT)

The longest 50 minutes in Egyptian history

As people waited impatiently for the election results, many of them resorted to their favorite pastime of Tweeting to describe the agony which Sultan was putting them through. (Reuters)
As people waited impatiently for the election results, many of them resorted to their favorite pastime of Tweeting to describe the agony which Sultan was putting them through. (Reuters)

Egyptians knew that today was a day for them to hold their breath as they anticipated of the results of their first-ever democratically held elections; however, little did they know that they had to do so for a record-breaking 50 minutes and 18 seconds!

Indeed, many viewers around the world expressed severe frustration as Farouq Sultan, head of Egypt’s Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) who was reading the official statement went on and on…and on, taking almost an hour to explain the process, stress on the accuracy and legitimacy of the results before actually announcing that the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Mursi has actually won the election with a margin of 53.73 percent.

As people waited impatiently, many of them resorted to their favorite pastime of Tweeting to describe the agony which Sultan was putting them through. Many tweeps have compared Sultan to the late Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi – who was uniquely known for his never-ending speeches – however, they added that “At least Gaddafi was funny”.

For his part, Dubai-based blogger ‏@iyad_elbaghdadi sarcastically tweeted that Sultan is prolonging the speech so much that he is very likely to say "50 million Egyptians voted in these elections. And now, I'll read out their names..."; whereas Foreign Policy Editor ‏@blakehounshell wrote: “I think my son just graduated from college while I was watching this”.

Veteran Lebanese journalist @dianamoukalled commented on Sultan’s unique communication skills by saying “It takes talent to be able to continue talking for 1/2 hour without saying a single useful word”; while tweep @ezzedinesaid got so frustrated that he tweeted jokingly that there were “100000 cases of cardiac arrest reported in Cairo alone since Sultan started talking”

Egyptian activist/columnist @monaeltahawy was clearly influenced by her residency in the US, as she chose to comment on the situation by saying “Dude, where's my president?” (spoofing the title of the famous film “Dude, where's my car?”

As time went by; the wait inspired London-based blogger @KarlreMarks to come up with the following joke which he tweeted: “So three members of the #Egypt electoral commission walk into a bar. Sorry you have to wait a few hours for the punchline”.

Other commentators on Twitter seem to have reached the ultimate conclusion analyzing the situation by saying “Can you really blame Egyptians for their criticism of Sultan; they already waited 30 years for Mubarak to leave!”.

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