Egypt In Trouble, Again!

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The cycle of street-based revolutions in the democracies across the world now seems to be complete and it has merrily come back to where it all began- the hallowed portals of Tahrir Square in Egypt. The massive eruption, infamously known as the ‘Arab Spring’, that occurred just a few years ago had not only bulldozed Egypt’s then President Hosni Mubarak into submission but also triggered a towering wave of similar protests all across the world. The effects are still being felt, and the recent case of Brazil demonstrated how strong and far reaching the repercussions of the Arab Spring were. Now, the hassled Egyptians are out to stage the drama once again, at the same place and apparently with the same amount of ‘street support’ that aided them in their historic endeavours few years ago.

President Mohamed Mursi, the constitutionally elected President of Egypt, and his cohorts at the helm of the Egyptian government represent the target of the public ire this time. Although Mursi and his ruling partners came to power after winning the trust of the majority of Egyptians, their performance as the supreme arbiter in the democracy has been outrageously woeful. The street rebels now demand the immediate resignation of Mursi, indirectly hinting at dismantling the governmental structure once again in order to usher in the real elements of democratic stability in the strife-torn nation.

Why is the Egyptian populace unhappy?

Mubarak’s ouster and the subsequent formation of a democratically elected government was expected to rejuvenate the sagging Egyptian economy. Unfortunately, nothing remotely resembling a lift in the economy has occurred in Egypt. Instead the country has sunk deeper into the economic mess and the situation has transgressed all manageable limits because of the crisis prevailing in the rest of the world. The unemployment stands at over 13% and the GDP growth has been stagnated at an abominably low point.

Although the President and his partners cannot be held directly responsible for the economic doldrums that Egypt currently finds itself in, their thoughtless handling and management of the crisis has drawn flak from all corners of the world. Mursi’s government, in an attempt to infuse into the country some discipline, has created the same autocratic climate that his predecessor had been ousted for. Mursi has single-handedly concentrated much of the democratic power that lies fragmented among various sections of the government and the common men. The Muslim Brotherhood’s high handed amendments in the Egyptian constitution have sparked widespread fears of the return of the draconian autocracy to the country.

What are the possible implications of this unrest?

Egypt’s prospects and hopes of a bright and stable future look bleak on either side of this gaping gorge. A fall of Mursi and his government shall inevitably result in unprecedented chaos and losses for the democracy, which is already reeling under economic and social problems. On the other hand, if Mursi survives this tirade and manages to stay on, the country shall fall prey to the whims of tyranny once again. A couple of notable points are enlisted below.

A breakdown of the Egyptian government shall thrust the country deeper into the economic quagmire- the foreign investors have already started withdrawing from Egypt after the initial hullabaloo surrounding the Arab Spring subsided. A return of political vacillation can spell doom for Egypt in the long run.

Street revolutions shall come under severe scrutiny in the rest of the world if they become the modes of wreaking havoc in governments time and again. The legitimacy of the euphoria surrounding the common man’s victory in such street-centred undemocratic exhibitions of strength and solidarity, prevalent all across the world, shall be questioned and treated with suspicion and disdain.

The Egyptian population is beyond all democracy-centred rationale now; they are more concerned about the gradual return of authoritative governance- which they had painstakingly done away with just a few years ago. Surely, this tense re-enactment of the Egyptian drama is bound to have rippling effects all across the world, yet again!

Article By Debotosh Chatterjee

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