November 20, 2017

Mob rule is no democracy

Protesters take part in a protest demanding that Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi resign at Tahrir Square in Cairo

What’s happened in Egypt?
Read this article from USA TODAY and, at the end, try to read how three other important newsmedia have given attention to this topic.

Mob rule is no democracy

Perhaps Egyptians will one day remember July 3 as the day they found their way back onto a path toward stable democracy, so fervently craved by the excited crowds in Tahrir Square.

Perhaps, too, the failed one-year rule of the Muslim Brotherhood will one day help Arabs resolve their thorniest problem — the conflict between their hunger for secular prosperity and their devotion to Islam. Egypt’s broad-based repudiation of the world’s largest Islamist organization may help them draw useful lines between government and religion.

For now, such outcomes look fanciful because what happened Wednesday was not democracy. It was the opposite: mob rule, abetted by military coup, to depose a government elected barely a year ago.

Egypt is left in the difficult position of building a credible democracy after repudiating one.

Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, head of Egypt’s armed forces, promised a swift democratic reset. The chief of Egypt’s top court, Adly Mansour, took over Thursday as interim president. A broad-based group will write a new constitution, replacing the Islamist-flavored one now in place. New elections will eventually follow. All those steps are better than a general taking power, and they allow the diverse opposition to claim a veneer of revolution, not just coup.

 

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Egypt’s security forces move against Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt’s top prosecutor opened an investigation Thursday into claims that Mohamed Morsy and top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood incited violence and the killing of protesters, a day after the military ousted the country’s first democratically elected president.
Egypt prepares for backlash as Morsi allies reject new regime
Egypt is braced for further dramatic events on Friday as the vanquishedMuslim Brotherhood called for a “day of rejection” following a widespread crackdown on its leadership by the country’s new interim president, Adly Mansour.
Tahrir Square’s Military Coup
The crowds on the street in Egypt over the past days have been overwhelming—they have numbered in the millions. Waving flags and tooting whistles, trumpeting vuvuzelas, drumming and shouting and chanting and honking and singing.

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