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A sad chronicle of 100 days of failure



I have long been anticipating that Egypt will be seeing stages of uncertainty because of the lack of constitutional structure and because of the hegemony attempts of Muslim Brotherhood. It is inarguable that the Brotherhood constitutes the largest extreme-radical faction in Egypt. Despite their ideological disagreement other smaller radical parties established symbiotic relationship with Brotherhood. Therefore, the image of Brotherhood is inflated even more because of this political alliance. This apart, extremists' margins in Egypt and other countries in the MENA region have increased after the Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt.

It is clear that the Brotherhood is trying to concentrate all powers in itself in a bid to transform Egypt into an absolute autocratic country. However, the Brotherhood's Renaissance Project has failed, primarily because of its failure to deliver whatever it had promised in the first 100 days of its governance and is driving Egypt into a deeper socioeconomic disaster. With hundreds of broken promises and many unjustifiable attempts to hijack political and societal powers, Egyptians' dream of social, political, and economic reforms today stands shattered.

Of late, the country has once again burst into series of unrest in the wake of the promulgation of a new presidential decree which hindered the democratic process from moving forward in Egypt. The president negated the courts' final decisions of acquitting the members of the former regimes of some of the charges against them.

The latest presidential decree aims at offering the president immunity from judicial reviews, which is feared to make Mursi a dictator. The move has indeed cemented counter revolution and many feel that the uprising that resulted in ouster of Hosni Mubarak has been hijacked by Brotherhood.

Popular Egyptian perception of Brotherhood has, therefore, undergone radical change. Brotherhood is now perceived more as a cause of failure of the revolution. Today, it is seen more as yet another face of the tyranny against which Egypt had exploded. 

The Constitutional predicament in Egypt raged after the president called for a referendum over the new constitution. The move created confusion and rage among the common people. The Egyptians are now left with two malevolent choices: either to choose not to vote for the new constitution; therefore, it is an implied consent that Mursi becomes a de-facto dictator or blindly accept the new constitution of more than 230 articles in 15 days. In promoting the new constitution, the brotherhood are once again promising that this constitution will lead Egypt to prosperity. They claim that the new Egyptian constitution will offer the nation a path to heaven.

Evidently, it has not cut any ice with the common Egyptians. And, all the more, because of the fact that Mursi and Brotherhood have failed miserably to fulfil their promises. They had promised the sky and also promised to put Egypt on the path to prosperity within first 100 days of the rule.

Egyptians are not only disappointed with their new government and their new president but are also angry over the bogus alibi being offered to them.

Mursi and Brotherhood are today engaged in a lame blame game saying that they could have delivered all that they promised but were prevented by the remnants of former regime.

They have also introduced a new scare tactics to keep the seething anger of the people under leash. Extreme radical forces, cohorts to the new government have called the protesters Remnants (Folool) or Kharijites (Muslims who resists the Caliph).

Angry Egyptians took to the streets once again in October this year demanding accountability of the government. They sought answers from their president why his government failed to live up to the promises it made. Predictably, the government, Brotherhood and Mursi responded much like the manner in which the former regime would have. And, all repressive measures of the government notwithstanding, the number of people swelled at Tahrir Square sending their new president a message that they would not tolerate any attempt to derail their revolution.

The regime today is trying to attack the opposition alleging crimes of treason against the leaders including prominent public figures, such as Amr Mossa, the former General Secretary of the Arab League, Mohamed Al-Bardi, Former Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Egypt is plagued today by power shortage, dire state of public transport, increasing crime rate, growing instances of persecution of minorities and Brotherhood's shameless bids to establish its hegemony to control every aspect of Egypt's life and living.

It is gradually turning into a police state as the Brotherhood has usurped all power gradually undercutting viabilities of other democratic institutions. Basic freedoms of the people are increasingly coming under ruthless attacks and are in peril today.

Egyptians today are not like those who would tolerate silently anything and everything. Their revolution has changed them inside out, has given them a new sense of purpose. They and are today empowered by courage to stand against injustice, inequality and tyranny.

They have not yet demanded Mursi to step down but want him to play a role of a facilitator to take their revolution forward. They want Mursi to establish a rule of law which would be for the people, by the people and of the people.


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