The Washington Times - June 24, 2009, 05:07PM

CAIRO — At the top floor of an unassuming apartment building in the trendy Zamalek section of town, Ayman Nour lives in a flat furnished with European Renaissance-themed paintings, gramophones and a large statuette of Marilyn Monroe in her classic white, wind-blown dress.

It’s far removed from the typical Persian carpets, muted floral patterns and ubiquitous Koran verses common in most Arab homes, more French ch√Ęteau than fundamentalist cottage.

The failed presidential candidate who spent three years imprisoned by his political rival was released in February and has large aspiration for Egypt. He met with us on Tuesday to talk for a bit (via translator) about his dreams of reform and an eventual secular democracy in Egypt.