My roadmap to overcome the crisis in Egypt


Before the military coup that overthrew Egypt’s former leader Mohammed Morsi, the demonstrators fell into two basic camps: a loose coalition between the National Salvation Front and supporters of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Now, a notable change has occurred and the war between the two sides, focusing on two squares, has become more brutal.

Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya has become the new Tahrir Square, as Islamists rally in the area calling for the return of their democratically elected leader Mohammed Morsi.

The military coup supposedly aimed to end division in the country and prevent any potential chaos – however, what has actually occurred is the complete opposite.

Those behind the military coup wanted to be like a goldfinch reverberating victory, instead they became the crows.

Chaos and insecurity has increased across Egypt and divisions have deepened.

The institution attempted to provide a civilian backing to its coup, using protests as their justification.

Furthermore, the decision to appoint Head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour as Egypt’s acting president and Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president has not convinced American and European allies.

Egypt’s military institution has committed two main mistakes – the first is to allow its bias against the Muslim Brotherhood to inform its policies; the second is their refusal to name their action as a “military coup.”

The army should deal with all individuals equally for the interest of citizens as well as the country’s national security – and even more so, to protect the military institution.

Executing a military coup and providing it with a civil nature was a big mistake that led to negative repercussions. Being clear from the onset regarding the coup, seizing power, announcing a state of emergency and calling for a free election would have been, and still is, the safe option.

The truth is that the army seized power to keep its US aid and maintain cordial relations with Washington.

This despite the fact that Egypt received $12 billion from Saudi, Emirates and Kuwait so it could gain its independence and national sovereignty.

The crisis in Egypt now continues, and may continue to do so for a while.

The army may announce a state of emergency in the coming period as rifts resume, and the Muslim Brotherhood strengthens.

One might consider the people of Egypt addicted to demonstrations. The Muslim Brotherhood’s reasons for organising protest against the military coup is understandable – but we cannot help but question the ongoing rallies at the urging of the National Salvation Front and the Tamarod Movement even though they have achieved their demands.  

Egypt’s army insists on continuing with its roadmap, the Muslim Brotherhood insists on the return of its legitimate leader, and the continued demonstrations are not aiding the situation in any way.

Now we must wait and see whether the army chooses to step up its military coup, or alternatively return power to the former president Morsi and pave the way for presidential elections.

Personally, I prefer the latter and believe that the military should pledge not to interfere in the political process. Election results should be respected. It is vital for the Army to grasp the point that ultimately, the "people" are the source of real authority.