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Monday, 25 June 2012

The conclusion of the Egyptian revolution? Not quite.

Muslim Brotherhood candidate's win is the best outcome of an election that leaves the military as the power behind the throne

 Within hours of the result being declared, and while our television screens were still showing the scenes from Tarir Square, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, the US State Department, the Daily Mail and many of its readers comments were leaping in with their “advice/instructions”, as to how the new President of Egypt should manage the country. This mind set is primarily associated with an almost obsessive compulsion in the west and with the larger part of the western media, to immediately conclude that any title of a party or group which contains the word Muslim, or Islamist is automatically hostile and must be isolated. The fact that Muslim Brotherhood was a banned organisation and the new President Mohammed Morsi spent many years in prison under the Mubarak regime, indicates the extent to which western opinion is coloured by strategic expediency. In addition, as their preferred candidate, Ahmed Shafik former Mubarak Prime Minister, former General and still closely associated with SCARF, was rejected at the polls, one may assume that the custom of injecting billions of American Dollars every year in aid and military hardware in exchange for political and strategic influence may be compromised. The reality of course, is that the Military Council still holds much power in Egypt and has recently curbed the powers of the President.
The next few weeks or even months will be crucial in determining what path Egypt will follow. Mohammed Moussa, 30, a translator, said ”Morsi is president in name only, there are more battles to come.”
We have not yet concluded the Egyptian revolution.