Egypt: a civilian, democratically elected president at last


The whole situation is like if you have a girlfriend that you want to dump and she gets you the new iphone5 so now you can’t dump her!

Refaat Mohamed
19 August 2012

Last week the newly-appointed president Mr. Mohamed Morsi, forced the head of the SCAF and the Minister of Defense Mohamed Tantawi, and Chief of Staff Sami Annan to submit their resignation in an abrupt fashion, which caused quite a stir in the political scene nationally, and internationally and in the Egyptian street as well.

This move came as a surprise to all the observers of the political rollercoaster going on in Egypt for the past two years, as Mohamed Morsi was regarded as an easygoing, peaceful, character who could be easily pushed around, especially since he was not the first choice for the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Freedom and Justice Party. But this action proved him to be tougher and more courageous than anybody had suspected. This action did not just change the way people thought of Morsi, but it also changed the way people regarded the Brotherhood and their political party, who had been accused of having secret deals with the former regime and their remnants as represented by Tantawi and Annan. They were accused of just thinking of the benefit of the Brotherhood, and neglecting the demands of the revolution that broke out 19 months ago. They were even compared to traitors at times. But for the time being at least, this is no longer the case.

Some people are having a hard time believing that something good actually happened on Monday 13. One reason for this is that since the beginning of the revolution we have suffered more disappointments than we expected, especially from the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Islamists, and the political spectrum in general. Another reason is because of the challenging, and competitive nature of the political scene between the Islamist parties on one side, and the liberal, communist, socialist parties, and the former regime on the other. As a matter of fact seeing any parties other than the Islamists siding with the former regime is a something I would never have imagined. It’s a shame. I blame the majority of the political parties and their leaders. But I blame mostly the Freedom and Justice Party, as they are the major player on the political scene since the revolution, and they didn’t make enough effort to assure all the other constituencies in society, that they would act in their interests also. They should have looked for cooperation, some kind of coalition with other less organized and powerful revolutionary forces.

The whole situation is like if you have a girlfriend that you want to dump and she gets you the new iphone5 so now you can’t dump her! Many people cannot comprehend the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood whose intentions they have been so skeptical about, and not very shy about showing them, actually did something that they like and that they would have done themselves given half a chance.

Despite the fact that the people of Egypt deserve to be happy, I always try not to get over-excited until I have assessed the whole situation. So now for the first time we in Egypt have a civilian, democratically-elected president, who has managed to overthrow the military rule in Egypt by a very cunning soft coup.

Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Freedom and Justice Party now hold all the cards, and powers that any dictator wouldn’t dream of in his wildest dreams. It’s their responsibility to reassure the Egyptian people that they will not return the country into dictatorship or oligarchy. Plus now Morsi and this administration have no one to blame but themselves, for all the shortcomings to follow. I hope they prove me wrong and that we start the new era of which we have been dreaming.  

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