Sunday 17 December 2017

Egypt goes back to its future

VICTORY for a peaceful revolution, or a military coup? Which has occurred in Egypt? Last night the situation in Cairo remained unclear, and the only certainty was that the story still has a long, and probably turbulent, way to go.

In most instances one would suspect a military coup with a semi-democratic mask. In this case, however, there are grounds for trust in the Military Council. In Tahrir Square, the army acted with restraint and expertise. Subsequently, it could not but play a major role in the transition of power, if only to maintain order.

There also are grounds for hope in the presence in the country of a large educated class, including people of great political and bureaucratic sophistication. One such is Mohamed ElBaradei, retired United Nations official and respected opposition spokesman.

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