EGYPT’S III REVOLUTION
Following the military coup supported by a coalition combined of all kinds of “Liberal” seculars and their ideological opponents, the Salafist Al-Nour party, against the elected president of Egypt Mohamed Morsi – a coup which dismissed the “Muslims Brotherhood” from power in Egypt, on Thursday 07/04/2013 – Egypt is plunging fast to total anarchy and chaos with a growing prospect to end as a military dictatorship (see also – EGYPTS REVOLUTION )..
Although the opposition groups were united and determined to uproot the Islamic Brotherhood, who were in a process of establishing a monopoly of power in Egypt (see – EGYPTS’ CHANGEOVER ), while failing to address the basic needs of the Egyptian people and to stabilize the economy, there is little common ground between the Salafists and the Liberals how to run the country in the future.
The Salafists vetoed, on Saturday 07/06/2013, the nomination of Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei, 69, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency as the new Egyptian PM because of his secular attitude. They also objected next day the appointing of centre-left lawyer Ziad Bahaa Eldin as an alternative prime minister, basically sticking the talks over forming an interim civilian regime into a dead end (see -Salafi Threat).
After over 40 were killed in the mass demonstrations of the Muslims Brotherhood against the Army, the military coup and the arrest of Mohamed Morsi since the Army’s took over , initial reports said that few dozens were killed, on Monday 07/08/2013 morning prayers as thousands of Mursi’s supporters gathered in front the the Republican Guard facility, where Morsi is reportedly being held in Nasr City, an Eastern modern neighbourhood in the Egyptian capital.
The events are not fully clear. The military said a “terrorist group” had tried to storm the facility and an officer had been killed. Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim El-Beltagy, a Brotherhood MP, described the incident during the early hours of Monday as a “massacre” during dawn prayers, after police had stormed the site. Nevertheless – hundreds were injured and over 40 were killed, many of them by gunshots. The Brotherhood claims that 34 were killed by army fire.
Following the bloodshed the Al-Nour Party announced it was withdrawing from talks over new government in protest against Monday’s fatal shootings.
It is still too soon to evaluate the new situation in Egypt but it is clear that Egypt is still very far from political stability, the economy is facing even more obstacles and deterioration and that kind of fragile situation diminishes the chance of a true democracy and increases the likelihood of a new authoritarian regime.
The story of a regime change in Egypt is far from over, the future is totally unpredictable and shadowy and if Egypt is crumbling so does all the Arab World in the Middle East.
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