President Mohammed Morsi has been involuntarily forced out of power yesterday by the Army just as he celebrated his first anniversary as the first democratically elected leader, ending four days of continuous street protest, but who would take the blame for the KO, although Adli Mansour has been sworn in as the interim leader.
It is easy to conclude that it is now officially the end of the road for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood rule, which has been characterised or trade-marked by constant street demonstration, destruction and religious and anti-camp fighting leaving a politically and socially divided Egypt with a muddled economy and generally falling standards of living for most.
Were Morsi and his Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood party really the problem? Was Morsi’s hands tied by the dogma of his political party, preventing him to act promptly for the interest of his people? Was Morsi actually given enough time to manage his government and push for feasible political reforms meeting the demanding of the country? Are the people to take the rap for hating the Muslim Brotherhood and seeing nothing good in the party and its leadership?
The list of questions is inexhaustible, but whoever step in to take control after Adli Mansour, if only the Army would give that person full authorities as president should be prepared to do lots of house cleaning. It is a shame, that Egyptian politicians and the people have failed the world, especially those who still believe that Egypt remains the birthplace of modern civilization.
If Egyptians embraced the Arab spring stirred up in neighbouring Tunisia as a stepping stone to end Hosni Mubarak tyranny reign and to open doors for democracy, then they most have got it all wrong. Post-Mubarak Egypt is a nightmare, although others would argue that there is freedom, even though the freedom is now in the hands of thugs.
Bad apple syndrome
In a true democracy not “demo-crazy” people enjoy the freedom to freely and fairly elect their leaders and be prepared to work with that leader. Morsi came to power through the first, free and fair, democratic election on 30 June 2012, but instead of the people of Egypt even those that did not vote for him, to pledge unflinching support for him and his team to rebuild the nation, it was just the contrary. The bad apples spoiled the bunch; they spent their time trying to tarnish the image of the President, looking for the least error by his administration to throng the streets in the name of protest.
We do not need to study economics to understand that continuous street protest that forces businesses to close is bad cut on the economy that is hard to yield to treatment once inflicted. For one year, since Morsi took power, Egypt’s active population that ought to provide the bulk of the country’s workforce must have spent more time on the streets demonstrating and waiting aimlessly than actually working for the progress of the country or its struggling economy.
Nobody would expect to harvest where it was never sown. After Mubarak was toppled by the people with the help of the Army in the 2011 infectious revolution, no miracle was expected overnight to put the economy back on the right track. Instead of encouraging foreign investors and existing multinationals to fix the falling financial situation and to elevate Egypt back on its feet, the streets demonstrations and destructions were just bad omen to think of at all.
Today, it is clear Egyptians of all walks of life most take the blame of the awful failure and should be ready to turn another page by working for a new leader and a new Egypt. It is not the election of another president that is going to turn the downturn of the economy and solve the tons of problems in Egypt, but rather simple understanding, dialogue, responsibility, accountability and the will and devotion to work for Egypt. Morsi might be kicking himself for having failed woefully to deliver as a leader or had very little time to do anything, but one thing is certain that it is going to be messy for a while before getting better for all.