The Egypt Revolution-Back to square one?

The recent events in Cairo has plunged Egypt into uncertain times. The disposal of President Mohammed Morsi has allowed the military to assume power for a short period of time. Ironically, this has consigned Egypt to revert to the aftermath of former President Hosni Al Mubarak three decade-long rule. Egypt’s Chief Justice Adli Mansour has been appointed as an interim president to oversee government machinery till the next president is elected.

The culmination of intense protests across the country has been offered a mixed reception by the global community with responses ranging from endorsement to condemnation. With the Islamist ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ at the receiving end of the protests and subsequent arrests, it is not surprising that Islamists and ultra-conservative Salafists have vigorously opposed the transfer of power and have promised to conduct peaceful protests against the same. Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu has described the military intervention as “unacceptable” and a “coup”. The West remains skeptic; Obama has reiterated that the United States is “committed to the democratic process” and William Hague has stated that the “United Kingdom does not support military intervention” but has stopped short of derecognizing the newborn regime. More importantly, American law states the foreign aid should be cut-off to any country that has ousted its democratically elected leader. The transitional government will not look forward to loosing 1.5 billion Dollars in foreign aid. On the other hand embattled Syrian President has thrown his support to the recent events, calling the ousting the “defeat of political Islam”. The 34 million Egyptians on the streets do seem to echo his opinion.

This supposed ‘revolution cum coup’ is not the first of its kind. Pinochet in Chile to Musharraf in Pakistan have utilized this well versed hand. It seems that the Egyptians are allowing the very military establishment to assume control which they have been endeavoring to overthrown in the past few decades. There are reasons to remain optimistic, but it seems probable that Egypt will frequent this stalemate in the future as the Islamists and liberals seem to be at loggerheads with each other regularly. Perhaps, cruel irony will force the ‘Land of the Nile’ be chained by shackles of military rule. It will soon be found out.

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