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Analysts dismiss Arab leaders as bystanders to democratic movement

Arab leaders may have made their first commitment to democratic reform at a summit here, but they were bowing to outside pressure and are just bystanders to an accelerating movement for political change across the Arab world, Arab analysts said. The leaders, many of them US allies, adopted a 13-point reform document in Tunis on Sunday before the US government unveils its own initiative for reform in Arab and Muslim countries at the G8 summit of leading industrialised nations on June 10 in the US state of Georgia. Washington has been pushing for such reform in the belief it will eliminate some of the causes of anti-American terrorism. Though the Arab reform document contains vague language and no deadlines for achieving progress, Tunisian analyst Ahmed Ounaies said the leaders of the 22-member Arab League took an “historic” step all the same. Full Story

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