Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized, opinion, politics, world | Posted on 26-01-2012
New York – A year after the Tahrir Square protests began, the uprising’s end game is still in doubt. What’s next for Egypt?
Cairo’s Tahrir Square was teeming on Wednesday when thousands of Egyptians gathered to mark the first anniversary of the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. In the year since the protests began, the military leaders who took control after Mubarak’s government fell have promised to hand over authority to an elected president by summer, and Islamist parties have won a majority in the parliament that will write the country’s new constitution. What happens next? Here, four predictions:
1. Islamists will rule Egypt… for now
It looks like “we must brace ourselves for forms of Islamist rule for several terms,” says Ed Husain at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Muslim Brotherhood won nearly half the seats in the new parliament, and more fundamentalist Salafists are the next most powerful bloc. If Egypt’s secularists take the easy route, and simply rail against Islamists, their future is bleak. But if they “undertake the political hard grind necessary to win hearts and minds” away from the Brotherhood with “coherent messages of economic development and political freedom,” they might eventually gain power.