The Revolution in Egypt: What Next?

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On the eve of the death penalty being handed down to Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s former President and one of TIME’s nominees for Person of the Year (2012), we are monitoring the political situation nationally.

Political stability in Egypt was undermined for such a long time in the country, the moment a military-backed authoritarian regime toppled Mohammed Morsi’s government. There were many concerns over how Morsi was not democratically elected to be in government, how the election had ballot-box-rigging episodes in place, locally.

Why the criticism?

These suspicions have no basis because different peacekeeping bodies were monitoring the elections and there have been no reportings of any such incident taking place. This episode highlights the fact that although Morsi is a brilliant leader, he was sometimes almost as unpopular as the military that now conducts government, through advise from religious authorities, locally. Many consider both parties, the military and Muslim Brotherhood (Mohammed Morsi’s party) to be poisonous for the political climate of the country.

Is Muslim Brotherhood really right for Egypt?

I can understand their point of views and to an extent I do agree, despite my political slant towards the revolution and Muslim Brotherhood. The revolution was inspiring, it was captivating and a true example of what is possible, when people come together to voice their concerns over lack of democracy nationally.

But it has not achieved much in the end, when you take the very long episode, into consideration. Those days in Tahrir Square were supposed to spell a new era but that era fell before it could begin, and it was back to the same old thing once more.

There is frustration resounding all around Egypt, and constant disappointment over the lack of progress amongst international observers and foreign policy workers. The military in Egypt, these days do not like to abide by democracy. They are interested in absolute control of the state at any cost, and if you talk about the Brotherhood, they are not that magical, once they get into power, as you would have thought.

Rather than reach out to all corners of society, to serve them as they were supposed to, they fragmented it – many were divided over what to think of the Brotherhood’s new policies, spearheaded by Mohammed Morsi, whilst he was the President of Egypt. The revolution did something remarkable: it broke apart the pendulum swing of politics between Islamists and the military, that was continuing for decades, now.

The Future of the Revolution

The revolution being successful meant a lot of things: it meant higher wages for workers, it meant better pay for police officers, it meant addressing the question of “an Islamic State”, it meant equality for women, it meant dealing with discriminatory devices, it meant a celebration of the end of a corrupted regime. What was previously thought impossible, had finally happened.

If Muslim Brotherhood was not strong enough to see the victory through in power, for a myriad of reasons, the question that you should be asking now, is which party, democratically, can then, come to power and work together, with the West, to help solve all of Egypt’s problems, and grow the economy.


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