Nov 29, 2012

Mursi Show Some Mercy

After four decades of decadence and oppression, the Egyptians are panting for political space to accommodate parties representing all persuasions and interests. The recent protests in Tahrir square is a reminder of unsettled grouses over the proper course of conducting the newly acquired democratic rights. Every party wants its rights be respected and demands appropriate representation of its interests. To me it is the excitement of getting their respective voices heard that exuberates the uncontrolled emotions that are played out at the Freedom Square. 

The demands of those who protests are justifiable, given the years of oppression they underwent earlier. But their fear of Mursi's temporary tactics to wield absolute power may not be prudent. As he has said there are dead woods of the old regime floating underneath the system working to undermine and to eventually overthrow the new order by sabotaging the reform from within by riding the bandwagon of democracy, he is all the more justified to go for an assertive action and a quick fix to consolidate his hold onto power and to bring about the much needed reform quicker so that justice will be served for those who were denied it far too long.

That is why democracy with all its benefits may not suit the time as it will unnecessarily prolong the process of reconstruction of the Egyptian society and will allow the much needed time for the beneficiaries of the old regime to frustrate the change. Given whatever his justifications for assuming this absolute power, Mursi must show mercy to all those who sacrificed for this freedom. He must be the People's President and not the leader of one particular interest group.

READ: Mursi's Mercy

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