Middle East

Aug 13, 2013

Egypt’s brief fling with democracy draws to a close

Egypt's brief experiment with democracy appears to be drawing to a close as the army tightens its grip on politics, and some turn to terrorism.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator


Egypt’s police were scheduled today to break up large sit-ins in Cairo and Giza, trying to end demonstrations intended to reinstate ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Should the police proceed, there was expected to be some confrontation. But more importantly, the dispersal may be seen as the final nail in the coffin of Egypt’s very brief experiment with democracy.

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3 thoughts on “Egypt’s brief fling with democracy draws to a close

  1. Andrew Reid

    “The Muslim Brotherhood’s decision to be included in the newest administration confirmed the fracturing of Egyptian political society.”
    I live in Egypt and I’m not aware of any such decision by the MB to participate in the interim administration. They have steadfastly refused even to negotiate with the military or civilian leadership. Many of their leaders are in detention or face warrants for their arrest.
    In terms of terrorism, there has been little evidence to confirm links between the MB and these groups. They were operating in North Sinai long before Morsi was ousted. There is certainly a danger that more extreme elements of the MB might embrace terrorism if they continue to be excluded from the political sphere.

  2. AR

    Is this the precis? – MB’s entry to administration opens space for terrorism, because MB would boycott elections thereby organised and resport to terrorism and then MB will schism…just so it is clear.

  3. AR

    Interesting pic – the higher quality blue poster using the amerikan concept & english “Vets for..insert tag..”

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