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Mohamed Morsi Must Deliver For Average Citizen In Egypt

June 27, 2012

 

It has been fascinating to watch the events unfold over the past weeks in Egypt.  The miliary has made matters far worse of course, but the people are energized and ready to move their nation forward.  The thrill of electing a new president is most remarkable. 

I have great hopes that progress in Egypt can take a similar path to that of Turkey which was able to construct a nation that is western looking while rooted in traditional ways. The people of Egypt desperately want a better life.  I hope this is the start of that path for them.

Islamist politician Mohamed Morsi will be sworn-in Saturday as Egypt’s president – the result of a democratic election after their popular uprising in 2011.  Let us all hope that he will be able to lead, and that the military will allow him the space to perform for his country.

Adel Iskander is with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University:

“To a large extent, political Islam is playing an instrumental part because it’s filling a void, void of pan-era politics or nationalist politics,” said Iskander. “They are incredibly successful across the board and extremely organized.”

And he says the U.S. is taking notice.

“It seems like the U.S. government has begun making public overtures, that whatever democracies will bring is going to be acceptable to the U.S. so long as mutual interests and mutual sovereignty are respected. I think it’s a major shift for America foreign policy in the region as well,” he said.

Another big change – what’s expected of the region’s newest leaders.

Whether it’s in Tunisia with Ennahda or Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or similar factions in Libya and elsewhere, unless they are able to deliver on what is functionally important for the average citizen, they are not going to be contenders for very long,” said Iskander.

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