New Jersey Mayor Sounds Off On Egypt Crisis

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – When Samir Elbassiouny sees Egyptians fighting for democracy, he fills with pride.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell with Samir Elbassiouny

Elbassiouny might have a different perspective on the subject than most. He was born in Egypt and is now the mayor of Washington Township in Warren County, New Jersey.

“To me, that feeling that I have that I am part of democracy, I want those people to feel the same way,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Looking at what’s happening there now, Elbassiouny thinks it’s time for President Hosni Mubarak to go.

Elbassiouny says, “I felt thought he lost touch with the people.”

The now 42-year-old started at Parsippany High School without knowing a word of English.

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  • Essam Elbassiouny

    We all must stand together as one. And take down those self riotous leaders. I applaud you Mr. Mayor

  • Matthew

    Takes a lot of courage for young people in Egypt to stand up for their God given right to freedom of speech and true democracy.

  • Magdalena

    It is about time that someone stands up for democracy in the middle east! More world leaders should demand the same. Mayor I applaud your efforts!

  • Hornet Montana

    Sometimes I feel think too.
    We’re going to have to let you go.

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