Egypt, recently thought to be a stable democracy but now it’s in turmoil all over again. Or is it?
After the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the country’s leader for 30 years, the people of Egypt wanted a democracy- a say for themselves. Was this too much to ask of the country? Apparently it was.
First of all, we must look into the Armed Forces of Egypt. Now, unlike other militaries, Egypt’s armed forces are very powerful in influence around the country and in the economy. As much as 30% of the Egyptian Economy depends on the sales of the army’s various companies. Therefore, Egypt cannot survive without its armed forces. In fact, Egypt receives the second most military aid from the US after Israel. The US clearly regards Egypt as a strong ally in the Middle East.
After the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, elections were held in Egypt. Since many parties were very badly organised and not very big or efficient, the biggest and most efficient party was elected- the Freedom and Justice Party- which to the Egyptian people did the opposite of what it was ironically named for. The party is a political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation that thinks Islam is not only a religion but a way of living.
The Egyptian parliament was predominantly controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Leader was Mohammed Morsi who won 52% of the vote. Now the Egyptian people are liberal Muslims, they are not the very religious or the very fanatic people you would see everywhere. The wanted freedom- in other words, why couldn’t a Muslim dominated population have a western styled government. Morsi promised this and consequently was elected as the President of Egypt.
However, many people thought that Morsi’s laws and bills were making Egypt and much more non secular and much more radical Islamic by preventing people from having certain freedoms and bringing religion into law much more than he promised to. As a result, the people began protesting again and the army who said that it traditionally supported the people’s view, took Morsi out on a coup.
They placed Adli Mansour as the interim president of Egypt whilst elections will take place again soon. In all this, the army also banned the Muslim Brotherhood which caused protests from pro-Morsi people. Now the country is preparing to vote and let’s hope the result goes in favour of the people this time in order to welcome another stable democracy to this planet.
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