Egypt, although originally believed to have had better days since the Arab Springs in 2011, is still in turmoil and chaos. As commonly known, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s political leader, had been forced out of power on February 2011 after having ruled for over 30 years. Following his displacement, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood’s freedom and justice party took control, electing Mohammed Morsi as their president. The inauguration of Mohammed Morsi had satisfied the brotherhood, the people of Egypt, and others around the world. As the first elected leader of Egypt, he had been the hope for stability and success, but, as expected, President Mohammed Morsi had also been overthrown in June 2013 after millions of protesters milled the streets of Egypt and a military general staged a coup. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, the military general who led the coup, is currently known as President Sisi.
The fact that Mohammed Morsi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was overthrown is causing dissent even today in Egypt. The members of the brotherhood claim the unfairness of the situation because he had been removed from office by a coup. Numbering anywhere from 500,000 to 2,000,000, (possibly more according to some news sites) the Brotherhood is not a group that can be easily be quieted down. Egypt’s whole Arab Spring had taken place to secure a more financially and economically stable country, but with the forceful removal of Mohammed Morsi, there is outrage amongst the people who believe that the government is returning to pre-Arab Spring conditions.
The Muslim Brotherhood had been fervently trying to regain their own power in the government, but ruled under the iron fist of President Sisi, they see no hope. Thousands of members are thrown behind bars and all the opposition groups against Sisi have been easily quelled with the use of military force.
The future of Egypt is unpredictable, for what had originally been planned out was shoved to the side. With a military general leading Egypt in the status quo, we can only watch as the future unfolds.
– Andy Yang (’16)
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