The unending struggle of Egyptians for democracy

The unending struggle of Egyptians for democracy

Cairo : Egypt | Nov 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM PST
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Egyptians proved to be one of the strongest nations on earth. Despite all odds, they still stand committed for establishment of democracy and rule of law in the volatile country. The 18-day struggle and uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign from his position has yet to bear fruit. Shortly after ouster of the tyrant in February 2011, Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took over the volatile country and started conspiring for carving out a constitutional role in affairs of the state. To achieve the designs, the armed forces, once staunch loyalist of the longtime dictator, and sleuths of spying agencies even picked up pro-democracy people and activists, tortured them but they refused to bow down.

Frustrated but committed, brave people continued their struggle and stood united against the armed forces as once they had stood face to face with the tyrant. They kept pushing generals for elections and restoration of rule of law in the country and protested strongly against the atrocities, they (generals) were committing against pro-democracy activists. Finally, the armed forces reluctantly announced schedule of elections in the country. Indeed, it was a moment for Egyptians to rejoice and celebrate. People participated in election campaigns with a hope as if they were close to their destination – democracy and rule of law.

With a close contest in June this year, Islamist Mohammad Morsi stood victorious with 52 percent of the presidential vote. People heaved a sigh of relief and rejoiced – the revolution reached its apogee and sufferings of Egyptians would start healing. Alas, all the happiness and celebrations gradually started going sour as the new president virtually did nothing for good of common man but usurping more and more power for himself. Morsi started to be another dictator in the making. The worst came on Thursday when the country’s first-ever elected President Mohammad Morsi granted himself sweeping powers through a decree. He has assumed all judicial powers and all his acts – good or bad – cannot be questioned in any court of law.

Just look at the ludicrous justification for the decree Morsi elaborated to people, “It is my duty to move forward with the goals of the revolution and eliminate all of the obstacles which are linked to the past that we hate.” Mr. President you yourself have become an obstacle in the way of revolution. The purpose of the revolution was to establish democracy, meaning to devolve the presidential powers and strengthen people at the gross root level while the president wants to assume all powers of the ousted Hosni Mubarak. However, there is no point in being dejected and disappointed over the despicable move for Egyptians haven’t exhausted yet. They stand vibrant and committed for real democracy in the country. They are on streets to protest against Morsi, vowing their sacrifices for a genuine revolution wouldn’t go waste. Kudos Egyptians, people across the world stand by you and you would stand victorious at the end of the day.

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On August 12, Mohamed Morsi forced the leadership of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces into retirement.
On August 12, Mohamed Morsi forced the leadership of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces into retirement.
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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