August 14, 2013
CAIRO – The clearance of protesters from Nahda Square could herald a new chapter for Egypt, but analysts say government reform needs to happen first.
It all began with the Arab Spring when Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak was toppled after weeks of protests. He was forced to hand over power to the military.
About 800 protestors died during violent clashes between security forces and anti-Mubarak protesters.
Sixteen months later, Islamist Mohammed Morsi becomes Egypt’s first newly elected democratic president.
Barely a year in office, he was ousted by the military. Morsi fell out of favour after he gave himself sweeping powers.
He’s also been accused of corruption and mismanaging the economy.
His Muslim Brotherhood lost favour alongside him. His supporters have been protesting in Cairo since his ouster.
But at least one analyst believes more people are happy he was toppled.
“The public is very much in support of the military and very much opposed, and has very little sympathy, for the Muslim Brotherhood,” says political analyst Hisham Hellyer.
Wednesday’s deadly violence has shocked the world, and has likely strengthened the rifts between Egypt’s opposing sides.
Hellyer believes a more concerted effort from government is the answer.
“On the government’s side I think that they also have to understand that in order for Egypt to be as stable as it can possibly be reforms have to take place from within the ministry of interior in particular and the roadmap has to be implemented with as much inclusion of the Brotherhood as possible within the rule of law.”
So far, international mediation has failed to resolve the crisis.
And Hellyer believes it’s likely to get much worse in Egypt – before it gets better.
Photo: Amir Makar