“The president hasn’t improved the standard of living of Egyptians. There are some people that are very rich — maybe 1% — and the rest are all poor trying to find food,” Sharif said, but added that he is worried about the influence the Muslim Brotherhood could have in a post-Mubarak era.
The Muslim Brotherhood “were trapped and now are starting to come out,” he said. “They have 20% of the population and it’s frightening for me.”
Sharif was born in 1932 to a wealthy Christian family in Alexandria and grew up during the port city’s heyday as a cosmopolitan melting pot of religions and ethnicities, combining Arab, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Jewish, Christian and Muslim influences.