Egypt Could Travel Two Different Paths Forward

In much the same way that Hosni Mubarak was swept from power, Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian people who were increasingly frustrated by economic circumstances and Morsi’s embrace of Islamism. While the military takeover was largely nonviolent, the nation faces uncertainty and instability that could determine the its and the region’s fate.

“The hounding from power of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood leaves the most populous and influential Arab country in a dangerous state of flux, and it will have sweeping implications for politics across the Muslim world—Egypt has always been a bellwether for its region. Now that the army has shunted Mr Morsi aside, there is a real question as to whether the country will move towards a warmed-up version of military-backed rule or towards a more inclusive democracy,” remarks an editorial in The Economist.

Two days ago, Adly Mansour was appointed the head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court and now he will serve as the country’s interim leader.

Speaking shortly after Morsi was forced from office, former United Nation official and liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei offered support for a “roadmap” that outlined governing principles for the future, according to Al Jazeera.

Egypt Faces A Fork In The Road
BBC News’ Yolande Nell voices a familiar sense among foreign correspondents that Egypt’s future could follow two distinctly different paths – toward tyranny and violence or toward reconciliation and moderate stability.

“Much now depends on whether the military can restore order without bloodshed. Then will come the test of whether it can deliver its promise of building a cohesive, inclusive government to steer Egypt through the rocky times ahead.

“The next government’s primary task will be addressing a severe economic crisis: investment and tourism have been devastated by the continuing unrest and mismanagement,” she writes.

Israel Adopts Cautious Response To Events In Egypt
In response to the military takeover in Egypt, Israel has adopted a cautious public approach while certainly delighting in the defeat of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tzachi Hanegbi, an ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview that there were some concerns about the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt because of Morsi’s suspension of the constitution and other acts. Therefore, his ousting was more of a relief.

“Yesterday’s events strengthen the feeling that perhaps we have passed the bad period and perhaps now there will be a chance to have diplomatic ties with whoever will govern Egypt in the near future,” Hanegbi told Army Radio.

What does concern Israel, however, are the events of the coming weeks and months, which likely will bring continued instability – and possibly violence, including Islamist attacks on Israel itself.



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