By Rachid Acim
By Rachid Acim
Morocco World News
Beni Mellal, Morocco, June 26, 2012
When Mr. Mohammed Morsi was declared the President of Egypt, he felt the need to comfort all Egyptians by explaining to them that he has been and will be tolerant of all Egyptians, regardless of their political and religious affiliations. He said that he would not seek revenge on those who had persecuted him during the reign of the deposed Hosni Mubarak.
Like almost everyone else, I was watching the Egyptian news on television. At one moment I felt fed up due to the lengthy speech of the spokesman of the High Commission for Elections. I imagined what the situation would be if the spokesman declared the ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq as the winner.
Ahmed Shafiq received almost an average of the votes, but many other supporters rallied for Mr. Mursi.
Of course many people would not like Ahmed Shafiq to be in the Egyptian political scene. If this were to happen there would be a state of chaos in Egypt–Tahrir square would turn into a battlefield where each party defends their own interests. The first and the last loser would be the rebels whose blood had been shed on more than one occasion for the sake of the revolution.
The Egyptian army would not act as a passive observer in this situation. Unquestionably, the army would have to intervene to restore order to the liberty square.
No one would love to see the so called “Battle of the Camel,” repeated in the square. The incident–which took place at the height of the manifestations that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak–shocked the international community. The Pro-Mubarak forces known in Egypt as Al-Baltagiya, a pejorative term designing naughty people violating the law, stormed the square on their horses and camels and killed dozens of protesters and injured hundreds of others.
The situation was like a cowboy movie that Egyptians watched nervously. Its aftermath created a sense of terror that spread to all people.
The first detailed information that spread about the electoral violations in some districts backed up Shafiq’s chances at success. However, this information was wrong. Hence, I was taken aback when I noticed that the head of the electoral commission, Mr. Faroq Sultan, changed the tone of his speech as he proceeded on reading the electoral report. At one moment, his intonation was raising up a little to appear more confident and straight-forward while reading the final results of the election.
Mr. Sultan did not hesitate to announce publicly the victory of Mr. Mohammed Morsi–the imprisoned Islamist who was involved in the wave of revolutions that toppled down Mubarak’s regime. On hearing the good news, Egyptians swarmed to Tahrir Square to celebrate this event. The scenario was akin to a Homer-like epic in which the-would-be leader and his people are one. That event was awesome indeed.
Those who did not vote for Mr. Morsi and those who objected to his political agenda eventually changed their attitudes. They had to applaud the new President and congratulate him on his success.
Mr. Mursi seems to be a veritable representative of change because in the history of Egypt, no civilian has had the opportunity to run for the office of the presidency. All former presidents from Jamal Abdel Nasser to Anwar as-Sadate, to Mubarak were all military figures supported by the army.
It is beautiful to see the Egyptian revolution making way for a president from the lower class like Mr. Morsi–whose parents are humble people working in the field as farmers. Yet, Mr. Morsi was able to make a name for himself in politics thanks to his hard work and strong determination.
The co-disciples of the President elect have cried out in happiness. We do not need to worry because transparency and clarity are still prevalent in the Arab world. It will be a long process to eradicate all of the scars of corruption. I think having a bearded man like Mohammed Morsi in government–an activist in the Muslim Brotherhood–is a light in darkness. Lots of work awaits the man. As we say, “one hand can’t clap.”
Remnants of the old regime still exist and they may impede any eventual political reform in the Egyptian arena. But under this President we do not know what would be the reaction of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces? We also do not know the limits of his powers. The coming months will tell.
Mr. Morsi has to be wide-awake. At any time we might witness a coup d’état that can transform the current situation back into disarray. The neighboring countries, the United States and Israel have to admit that Islam is not the green menace any longer. Democracy has flourished in an Islamic society and the electoral choices of the people are a strong example of this.
Egypt is the mother of the world, “Oum ad-Dunya,” as the Egyptians call their country. It is where the Eastern planet and the brown nightingale have sung beautifully to the world. It is touching when you pass by a shop and find an elderly Moroccan person still listening to such classical music which can sooth us when we are nervous and upset.
Will Mr. Morsi ban music to stay in conformity with the message of Hassan Al-Banna? I don’t think so. Nor will he impose the veil on Egyptian women, because this is a matter of choice. What is more, the newly elected President will avoid any potential trouble inside or outside Egypt. Then, what would be the reaction of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliates about their brother’s policies? Are we going to see a clash between Mr. Morsi and the spiritual leader of the Muslim brotherhood, Mr. Khairat El-Shater? Also, will the following motto keep guiding Mr. Morsi?
“Allah is our purpose
The Prophet our leader
The Quran our constitution
Jihad our way
Martyrdom our supreme objective”
I am not sure about this. But I’m sure the Egyptians are maintaining great expectations of Mr. Morsi. Egypt is not what we see in movies or in Hollywood images of magnificent pyramids, ancient riches and the Sharam Sheikh resort–all fantasies beyond measure. Reality is that poverty, along with unemployment, is crippling the country. Many people are taking refuge in cemeteries given the increasing rate of population growth.
The Egyptians want to see real reforms in all vital sectors of life. They want to see the change; otherwise they may feel that all the bloodshed was in vain. In my view, though the Muslim Brotherhood has supported Mr. Morsi, he should not cling to it blindly. Instead, Mr. Morsi should struggle for dignity and stability in Egypt.
One issue that will be challenging for him is the question of Palestine.
As it is geographically nearby to Egypt, Palestine has to wait for more serious initiatives on the part of Mr. Morsi for true peace to occur. The Palestinians and their leadership have definitely displayed a strong affinity for Mr. Morsi, who is seen as an emblem of change even in Palestine.
I hope that his scientific background will help him to be more practical, responsible as well as useful to his people and to the Muslim world at large. Mr. Morsi is a man who is religiously educated and can by no means interfere immediately to orient the ship onto the right direction.
Edited by Laura Cooper
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