President Mohamed Morsy may have overstepped the mark in his latest act of brinkmanship according to two columnists. Qandil says it is on Morsy to turn the situation and reminds readers that the Muslim Brotherhood is preferable to the feloul. Salmawi points out that the reaction to Morsy’s declaration is the most unified the country has been since the revolution.
ElBaradei, Shafiq and the holocaust
Only Mohamed Morsy can deliver us from the current debacle we’re in, Qandil says. His actions and decisions following the announcement of the constitutional declaration have enabled hordes of counter-revolutionaries to pour into Tahrir Square.
Qandil says he is aware of the circumstances that pushed President Morsy to announce his recent constitutional declaration. However the way he handled its aftermath lacked maturity and political grace. Morsy needs to be honest about who is demonstrating in Tahrir Square and what their motivations are in order to save Egypt from what he warns could be an “oncoming holocaust”. Former opponents such as Ahmed Shafiq, and Muhammad ElBaradei have joined forces with others in their opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood.
However do they not remember that it was the Muslim Brotherhood that delivered 600,000 of the 1,000,000 signatures required to oust President Mubarak? It is on those to remember this fact as feloul (old regime remnants) erect their tents in Tahrir Square under the banner of “free revolutionaries”.
Naivety or treason?
Al Masry Al Yom Newspaper
A state of confusion has overcome the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood regarding the current political scene, Salmawi says. Not only have the country’s various opposition movements been loosely united under one banner, but it seems the Brotherhood have been rejected in the Egyptian street to the point that it has become difficult for them to operate in it.
First they were prevented from the people of Abdeen from hosting a rally there, then they were refused entry into Cairo University by the student body who didn’t support their presence outside their university walls. The Brotherood had to resort to hosting rallies in Alexandria and other provinces where it enjoys more support.
This demonstrates a new development in modern Egyptian politics, where citizens of all political persuasions have put aside their ideological differences for the first time since the revolution as a result of their disappointment with where the movement has gone. Of course the Muslim Brotherhood and its agents have already begun to chip away at the strength of this movement. That being said, it is important that the naivety of the past is not allowed to find its way back into the ranks of the opposition, Salmawi concludes.