2 comments on “The Next Phase Of The Egyptian Democracy Experiment Is Underway

  1. The Egyptian people were far too impatient. They will never have a stable democracy if they expect that after just one year they should be able to force a president from office because of his policies which they don’t agree with. If everyone behaved like that then there would be no waiting on elections to remove unpopular leaders in places such as Gordon Brown or Viktor Yushchenko (who moved from being amazingly popular to having only 5% of Ukrainians supporting him in just 6 years) in 2010 or Sarkozy in 2012 and in mid-2001 George W. Bush would have been deposed. If he really was so unpopular then in 2016 he would have lost spectacularly if he attempted to run again (as he was legally entitled to do). I don’t expect democracy to take hold in Egypt as long as the average Egyptian thinks that if he/she doesn’t like what a president is doing then they must/can/should protest in the street until the guy gets kicked out of office in a military coup rather than simply vote for someone else come the next election. That’s a very bad habit to get into (for both the average Egyptian and for the Egyptian military).

    If people want stability they have to practice it. Stability won’t magically come from putting an “x” on a paper and staining your finger. It comes from exercising your rights and acknowledging the legal rights of others as well as accepting the remit of the law and acting within it (in this case, Morsi’s legal rights to serve a full term were not respected by vocal segments of Egyptian society and the Egyptian military). Until they do that, Egypt will remain unstable and on the verge of a possible civil war (and I highly doubt the Egyptian military coup saved the country from civil war; if anything it might have raised the (low) prospects of such an event occurring by alienating a major political force in the country and leaving it with little recourse except to resort to violence).

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