Inclusion, Inclusion, Inclusion – is the way to go in Egypt!

Date: July 9, 2013

As Egypt seethes, the experiment with including the Muslim Brotherhood in elections and governance for 14 months in office grinds to a halt with the arrest of former President Morsi and his comrades. It is a sad ending to an upbeat beginning which started with the youth revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011.

Tamarod (“rebellion”) was the brainchild of five young men. Fueled by social media, 10-14 million people on the streets brought down the Morsi government in three days vs. the three weeks it took to bring down former president Mubarak. Morsi had plummeted in his approval ratings with non-Brotherhood supporters as the economy tanked and unemployment was rising fast. The Economist highlights “a hard lesson for Islamists: for all the powerful attachment Egyptians have to their faith, in politics, they want practical results.”

Egypt is caught between two warring instincts, each seeking to exclude half the country from public space and influence. Egypt’s secular, military rulers since 1952 have sought to exclude piety and religion from political life.

Lama Omar, 26