Egypt and the Democratic Path
Tuesday، 27 August 2013 - 12:00 AM
Egypt has gone through many turbulent changes since the January 2011 Revolution; a revolution which brought the people's demands of “bread, freedom and social justice” to world attention.
Egypt's first elected President, Mohammad Morsi, was chosen from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), a man whose political performance was the worst ever in the country's history throughout his one-year tenure: Egyptians were pitted against one another; the MB fast-tracked its empowerment scheme; the Presidency antagonized all state institutions including the Judiciary, the Army, the Police and the Media.
Finally on June 30, 2013, the people rose in their millions calling for the ousting of the President. The Army, unable to disregard Egyptians' call for its national role, supported their decision and developed a roadmap, which was presented by the General Commander of the Armed Forces Abdeulfattah AlSisi, in the presence of political and party representatives and of the Grand Imam of AlAzhar and of the Head of the Coptic Church.
The road map includes the following:
- The temporary suspension of the current constitution.
- Empowering the head of Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC) to run the country until a new president is elected via early presidential polls.
- Forming a new technocratic government and asking the HCC to hasten the passing of a parliamentary elections law, currently being reviewed by the HCC, to allow for parliamentary elections.
- Forming a committee to amend controversial articles of the temporarily suspended constitution.
- Laying down a media code of ethics to guarantee the media's professionalism.
- Forming a committee to foster "national reconciliation."
- Taking immediate steps to include youth in decision making circles.