Egyptian presidential election sparks new crisis

The presidential election in Egypt has set off yet another political crisis.

CAIRO, June 23, 2012 - The official results of the Egyptian presidential election were due to be announced on Thursday, June 21, 2012, but the Supreme Commission of Elections decided to postpone the results, reportedly to review challenges from the two candidates.

The question most Egyptians raise is: Does announcing an official winner end the crisis Egypt has been suffering?  Perhaps it could  worsen the situation. There is an obvious conflict between the interim military government and the Islamists.

Both Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and Ahmed Shafiq, former Prime Minister under Mubarak, claim they won the runoff elections for president. Morsi declared his victory just a few hours after polls closed last Sunday. Meanwhile, Ahmed Shafik refuted such claim. The military council blamed the Muslim Brotherhood of raising tensions, stating on the official state television station that, “announcing the results of the presidential election early before the official statement is unjustified and is one of the main reasons behind the division and confusion prevailing on the Political scene.”

An atmosphere of political uncertainty has spread throughout the country.  The lack of results in the election, combined with the supreme court ruling last week dissolving parliament and the military decision to enact an interim constitution have contributed to the crisis.  The military council reiterated that it will hand power to civilians on 1 July, but the constitutional declaration suggests they will be able to run the country’s affairs during this critical period.

Neither Morsi nor Shafiq is appealing for the majority of Egyptians. Those who voted generally voted for the better of two evils.

Eventually, the unclear political scene led protesters back to Tahrir Square, the scene of the revolution that unseated Mubarak, most of whom were supporters of Morsi. They expressed their dissatisfaction with the court’s ruling as well as the military’s constitutional declaration.

Several political analysts were trying to reach solutions. Scholars such as Dr. Tarek Heggy directed a message to Secretary Clinton in which he expressed his fears about rumours that US is supporting Muslim Brotherhood . In his message he said the following:

Personal to Secretary H.Clinton: I can not believe the “rumors” that the USA wants to see the MBs as Egypt’s new rulers. If correct, it will be the hugest strategic mistake made by the USA since the end of WWII. Also “if correct”, it will reflect nothing but an amazing inability to understand the fact that while there are many moderate MUSLIMS, there is no single moderate ISLAMIST on the face of earth. Political Islam (that world-class scholars believe that the undersigned understands more than any western scholar) is anti modernity, anti progress, anti humanity, anti democracy, anti peace, anti otherness, anti plurality, anti women rights, anti liberal education and anti free & critical mind BY DEFINITION. Those who speak about “moderate Muslim Brothers” need a great deal of education about the history, nature and literature of political Islam. Education by world-class scholar, not by the peers of Tarek Ramadan who master the game of “fooling the west” ! Finally, I hope that the USA shall not repeat its 1979 grave mistake when THE USA & KSA formed the Mujahedeen movement(s) in Afghanistan , a mistake that ultimitaely drove the world towards September 11th 2001. Tarek Heggy.

The question now is whether a new president, no matter who it is, unify a divided nation?


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Anwaar Abdalla

Anwaar Abadallah Khalik Ibrahim has her Ph.D. from Ain Shams University (1999, first degree honour) and currently lectures on Civilization and Cultural Affairs for Helwan University.  Dr. Abdalla Kahlik Ibrahim also works as an official coordinator for the cultural exchange program between Helwan Uni and TSU in the USA entitled “Cultural Immersion 2011-2014.”

Additionally, Ms. Abdallah is a member of the Egyptian and Arab women’s writer’s union and the Cairo Women Association.  She is also the translator of several books published by the Ministry of Culture including Shadows on the Grass, Impossible Peace and The Secret Rapture. Dr. Ibrahim is also an accomplished author and essayist in both Arabic and English publications. 

 

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