Egyptian democracy

Egypt hold their first round of parliament elections on this Sunday. It’s a first poll since 2012. The Egyptian authorities say the poll is the final step in a transition to democracy. However, critics say most candidates are supporters of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and the new parliament is likely to strengthen his control. Why for this?

On Egyptian constitution, the Defence Minister should be choosen by the army for example. The Arab country is an authoritarian democracy which repels any attempt of islamist party taken part on parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood has banned on last year. It was accused to plot bombings against government since the overthrown of civilian president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Most of all MPs has supported by President al-Sisi and the army. The country is comeback to dictatorship which was toppled by protesters in 2011. The dream becomes a nightmare for so many want a democracy on Middle East. Many opposition figures has jailed since it for charges to breaking the law and criticism to government.

The lack of democracy is main reason to Egyptian want to boycott it. But they trust on al-Sisi and his government to brings stability amid tensions between islamists and army officials. The economy struggles with inflation and another problems. The cost living crisis is very common among Egyptians during these years.

Corruption and violence is very normal in a country which government raises concerns with terrorism and keep the censorships on press and public demonstrations. Many people is very frustrated with this government and want to boycott it. The first round of parliament polls brings hope and sadness at same time in Egypt.


Middle East: Houthi rebels are Iran stooges, says Hadi over Yemeni crisis

Speaking on the Arab League Summit in Egypt, Yemeni President Abddrabbuh Mansour Haid has accused Iran of destabilising the country, calling Houthi rebels the “stooges of Iran”. Saudi-led coalition has launched air strikes on Houthi territory since last Thursday.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for the creation of a joint Arab military force to deal with “unprecedented threats” in the region.

Egypt has already pledged planes, warships and troops to the coalition to join the Operation Storm Of Resolve. President Sisi referred to “foreign interference” in Yemen – a coded reference to Iran, according to analysts.

Conclusion: Shia Iran is a great enemy for Sunni nations for nothing.

Egypt: army backs Sisi as presidential candidate

Egypt will hold a presidential polls later this year. Unexpected, head of the army, Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi has announced as presidential candidate. The top top military body gives its for future Field Marshall. Sisi led the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, on last July. He step downs of his military position within days to taken part of the campaing. Sisi is most popular military official in Egypt. What’s it means: Military rulers comes back to the power quickly.

Egypt: referendum under way amid tight security

Egyptians goes to the polling stations to vote in referendum over a new constitution drafted by military rulers and 50-member committee. It held in two days of voting. Military awaiting for strong yes victory. This is the first voting since the military coup removes the president Mohammed Morsi and opposition group Muslim Brotherhood is declared terrorist by the government. It are included: 

  • The president may serve two four-year terms and can be impeached by parliament
  • Islam remains the state religion – but freedom of belief is absolute, giving some protection to minorities
  • The state guarantees “equality between men and women”
  • Parties may not be formed based on “religion, race, gender or geography”
  • Military to appoint defence minister for next eight years

Conclusion: military rulers stay in power anyway.

Egypt: Morsi tells judge ‘I am president’

After weeks of uncertain and violent crackdown. The ousted president Mohammed Morsi and 14 defendants (members of group Muslim Brotherhood) goes on trial to faces allegations of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012. Morsi refuses to wear a uniform and tells the judge: “I am Dr Mohammed Morsi, the president of the republic. I am Egypt’s legitimate president. You have no right to conduct a trial into presidential matters.” The trial was adjourned to 8 January. It’s a defiant moment in a darkness times in Egypt.