SPEAKING OUT

Ghonim Criticizes Egypt

Wael Ghonim, the former Google executive who became a prominent figure in the Egyptian revolution, may be stepping back in the political spotlight. In a Facebook note, Ghonim criticized the interim military government and its slow pace of reform. "As an authority that derives legitimacy from a revolution led by the people, we want you to quickly announce specific dates for the process of transferring complete power from the SCAF to an elected civilian authority that would control everything in the nation," Ghonim wrote. Ghonim is part of a growing chorus of voices calling for accelerated reform. Seven presidential candidates met this week to discuss the possibility of demanding elections as early as February or March. Even the Muslim Brotherhood, formerly an ally of the military, criticized the military's decision last weekend to expand an emergency law it had promised to rescind.