|Morsi’s tactics will beget military retreat||
Mohamed Morsi’s victory in the Egyptian presidential election gave new momentum to the revolutionaries, but he faces numerous challenges in realizing the people’s democratic demands.
Shortly after the election, Morsi cancelled the ruling by Egypt’s Supreme Court calling for the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated parliament. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) swiftly responded to Morsi’s decision by calling it unconstitutional. However, MPs returned to their seats despite Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of dissolution.
This may be the first chapter of many on confrontations between the military, which is still loyal to the old regime and its allies, and the president, who represents the revolutionaries and their demands for freedom.
The battle is expected to intensify and many observers believe it will end in the president’s favor, prompting the military to loose its grip on power in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood, the most important political party in the Arab world, will help Morsi in his confrontation with the generals. The group enjoys a large social base in Egypt, which enables the president to stand against the illegitimate demands of the military. Egyptian people are ready to do everything to save their revolution and get rid of the military as well as the remnants of the Mubarak era.
The military’s repeated efforts to stop the democratic process in Egypt, like their moves against parliament and the constitution, have caused the Egyptians to become more determined to realize the objectives of the revolution. People know that their job is not over and that the revolution could be hijacked if they stop calling for freedom and democracy. This aids Morsi’s rise and will cause the military to retreat.
Hojatollah Joudaki is a researcher and expert on the Middle East who formerly served as Iran’s cultural attaché in Egypt.
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