EGYPT: Half a loaf is better than no bread!

2012-06-25 07:53

Egyptians have finally made a very significant and important move for the first time in many years and this historic event gives Egyptians a new dawn and a sense of civic pride. Former president Hosni Mubarak and some of his cronies are hopefully gone! Khaled Saeed’s brutal death sparked the revolution under which Egypt’s dictator was unseated. According to Saeed’s family, Khaled was “tortured to death for possessing video material that implicates members of the police in a drug deal”.

Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, who under difficult circumstances, won the presidential elections in the most Arab densely populated region. This long awaited moment justly and correctly resulted in large scenes of jubilation and celebrations across Egypt and other parts of the globe. It was the ordinary people on the streets of Egypt who brought about the much awaited change.

Although the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has the final say on the drafting of a new constitution and has stripped Morsi of most presidential powers, the Egyptian people need to be congratulated for holding the first democratic elections after six decades of brutal dictatorship.

After four military dictators over the past sixty years a civilian has been elected as the president of Egypt, albeit he will be in the outline of the military council, is a step in the right direction.

President Mohamed Morsi should use this golden opportunity to grant a life of dignity to all who live in Egypt irrespective of religion, race, colour, nationality, gender or class. Mursi should demonstrate early headship on egalitarian and economic reforms and embrace this opportunity to promote true human rights for all Egyptians. He should not give any opportunity to his enemies and fault finders, who would, for sure, hang around to take hold off every mistake and faux pas from his administration.

I do not believe that the struggle for liberation is over, as there is of course still interfering from SCAF. It remains to be seen whether the people of Egypt will see this through to the end and bring about true transformation.

Unfortunately, it is a sad reality and one should not forget that the generals and possibly other role players have worked hard to make the win unproductive. It is very painful that some very serious blunders have been made by the new Egyptian leadership and this has to be corrected in due course. I suppose under the circumstances and in the absence of a viable alternative something is better than nothing or half a loaf is better than no bread.

The Egyptian electorate and their leaders should not have allowed the military to dissolve parliament and agree to a candidate from the brutal Hosni Mubarak regime, Ahmad Shafik, to stand for elections. By remaining in the election process, the Muslim Brotherhood compromised the gains of the revolutionaries.

Nevertheless, Mabrook (Congratulations) to every Egyptian. I hope and pray that Mohamed Morsi makes the right decisions to encourage healing, reconciliation and a stable transition.

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