Monday, 1 July 2013

What happened in Egypt in 1 year since Morsey became a president to Egypt and the causes of Jun 30 protests.

Instead of giving you a detailed description of what the president achieved and his setbacks, which would take a long time and require lots of detail that I think is not of great importance for you, I would prefer to tell you my thoughts and my personal impression as an Egyptian activist, involved in Egypt politics, living among the people and getting my news and feedback from the street, not from the media.

When it came to choosing my candidate for the Egypt presidency, I changed my choice three times before choosing Morsy as a president. The first choice decided not to share, the second choice wasn’t qualified in the first round of elections. This left me the choice between Shafeek, who is pro Mubarak, and Morsy, from a Muslim brotherhood background, who are known for their opposition to Mubarak.

I was full of hopes when Morsi won the elections that he will support the Egyptian revolution and do his best to put an end to one of the most corrupted regimes in the world.

After one year, my analysis for the president rule is:
1- In terms of his concern of putting an end to the corruptions, he was doing very well and his best achievement was getting rid of the Mubarak military council and forming a new one not allied with Mubarak regime.
In terms of the government, some of his choices were good and some were bad, and some were determined by many refusing to serve as ministers under his leadership.
2- In terms of approving the new constitution, I see that as a good achievement for him, especially that many of his opponents were trying so hard to stop the process because they did not trust the committee in charge to write the constitution. I see the constitution is much better than the previous one, especially as there is the potential to edit and change it by the people’s assembly.
3- In terms of economy, I don’t think he made enough achievement for different reasons. Some reasons are to do with planning and decisions, other reasons are to do with the political unrest and protests which were estimated as more than 5000 in one year, many of them blocking highways, stopping trains and closing governmental buildings. This was a record number of protests in world history and impacted very badly on investments and tourism, which is a very important factor in Egypt’s economy.
4- In terms of Egypt’s foreign relationships, he was trying so hard to walk away from US influence in Egypt and to have a balanced relationship with different countries from different backgrounds, which is a smart action from my understanding. I do agree with the idea of having balanced relationships with foreign powers, but this is cannot be achieved overnight.

On the other hand, he faced a big challenge with Ethiopia, where more than 70% of Egypt’s Nile waters come from. Ethiopia decided to build a dam which might affect Egypt’s share of the water, and he was blamed for that, but the reality is that this is a result of a complete neglect of Ethiopia and the African countries by the Mubarak regime for more than 20 years. 

President Morsy’s biggest failings are:
·       1- He underestimated the corruptions in all levels of government.
·      2- He underestimated the power of pro Mubarak supporters and their attempts for more than two years to put an end to Egypt’s great revolution.
·        3- He failed to bridge the gap between Egyptians of different backgrounds.
·         4- He underestimated the level of corrupted private media owned by the business men who had close connections with the Mubarak regime.

Overall, I think the corrupted media has had the crucial rule in these conflicts. The private media not only changed facts and spread rumors among people (I mean the majority of the Egyptians) who are trained for more than 30 years to believe in everything they read and see on the TV.

If I was in charge, I would accuse the corrupted media for all bloodshed that has happen in Egypt today. 

Samir Abbass

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