July 8, 2013

Danger in Egypt

Clashes Around Muslim Brotherhood's Main Headq...

Clashes Around Muslim Brotherhood’s Main Headquarters in Cairo (Photo credit: Jonathan Rashad)

Dozens of followers of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi killed in Cairo this morning, the Muslim brotherhood’s call for an uprising in response to the killings and the military’s inability to form a government to substitute the one deposed by the coup show how dangerous is the situation in Egypt.

For the military to topple a government was an easy task having so many people asking for it in the demonstrations last week. But now they have to deal with the situation created. They keep the president elected and his aides under arrest and thousands of followers are protesting in demonstrations asking for his release. In other parts of the city thousands are demonstrating approving the move.

When they ousted Mohamed Morsi from office, the military  proposed a road map that is not so easy to implement because of the deep divisions in the country.

The doubts and  political fights so publicly known as the proposal of ElBaradei as Prime Minister and then the news that he was not confirmed because of the Al Nour party’s opposition, are adding uncertainty and instability to the scene. They said they would form a Government with technocrats but they are searching figures to lead it among political signaled figures that can deepen divisions. ElBaradei, a Nobel Price laureate, very well-known outside Egypt because of his work in the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is controversial at home. To some people is the right man for the task. Some think is too liberal, to others he wasn’t too courageous when he decided not to run for president. To the Muslim Brotherhood is a “puppet of the US”.

The president appointed by the military, judge Adly Mansour is trying to appoint a figure capable to form a cabinet that could be backed by all the political parties except the Muslim Brotherhood. But now, after today’s violence against Morsi’s followers Al Nour party said it would not take part in the negotiations, so it would be impossible.

Meanwhile Egypt is running without known government, with the only organized power being the military, acting clearly against the other big force organized in the country: the Muslim Brotherhood and his Freedom and Justice Party, the toppled one, the only one excluded from the “road map” for the future presented by the military for this time of crisis.

After today’s killings, the Muslim Brotherhood the Freedom and Justice Party, called for  “an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal their revolution with tanks”. The party urged “the international community and international groups and all the free people of the world to intervene to stop further massacres […] and prevent a new Syria in the Arab world.”, according to Al Jazeera.

A very unstable and critical situation at this moment in Egypt

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


Africa, Middle East, World and Politics


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