Democracy in Egypt, The Muslim Brotherhood Party to ban Mubarak cabinet members to run for public office: A commentary
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A massive crowd of protesters stormed Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on April 13, 2012 to protest against military rule and to ban Mubarak cabinet members including a spy chief from running in the upcoming presidential election on May 23, 2012.
Let it be recalled that Hosni Mubarak had been dislodged from power. However, he and members of his official family were not outlawed by the succeeding government. This means that they still possessed the rights, privileges and responsibilities as abiding citizens of Egypt.
The newly passed Parliament legislation which prohibits Mubarak to run for public office within 10 years and such prohibition also, applies to former cabinet members suggests a “mutation of democratic principles in Egypt”. Democracy is reconciliation not disintegration. Democracy is rebuilding of political institutions destroyed due to revolution.
The new legislation is going to further disunite Egypt and its people. It will deepen the division which resulted from the recent revolution. It will no longer wield the cohesion that put Egyptians as one people of one nation of Egypt long time before the Mubarak inspired revolution happened.
Probably, what is needed in Egypt is to strengthen the institutions that will be used to hear, clear and penalize Hosni Mubarak and members of his official family of any crimes and sins they have had committed during their reign against Egypt and its people.