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Egypt's New Bosses: Same As The Old Bosses


Meet Egypt’s new bosses: same as the old bosses: After a year of turmoil, the feloul are back in power. Tamer el-Ghobashy reports for the WSJ:

Beyond the partisan rancor that has engulfed Egypt since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, a class of Egyptians is emerging to support the deposed leader despite disaffection with his performance and their lack of affinity to Islamist thinking.

Many of these Egyptians reluctantly voted for Mr. Morsi last summer to keep out a rival affiliated with the former regime, yet still decry the military coup against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed leader because they say it usurped the democratic process….

Such predominantly secular-leaning Egyptians say they are in an awkward position: The only place they can express their opposition to the military coup is among the Islamist supporters of a president, Mr. Morsi, they viewed as a failure. But some say the alternative is worse.

“I’d rather have gridlock than a return to the feloul,” said Omar Mahmoud, a 32-year-old investment banker from Cairo, who used the Arabic word for remnants associated with the former regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

It’s unclear how many Egyptians were against both Morsi and his ouster, but there are doubtless many who are at least sympathetic to this view. In general they thought President Morsi was doing a bad job but didn’t think ousting him was the right response, and they are wary of the military-backed new government. It’s possible that they could join the Brotherhood, Egypt’s only real opposition group at this point, bolstering its numbers ahead of elections.

Here are a few questions to ponder: Will elections under the army-backed interim government be free and fair? How many Egyptians would quietly accept the elections if they are not free and fair?

[A man reacts after seeing the body of a slain protester at the Liltaqmeen al-Sahy Hospital in Cairo’s Nasr City district, allegedly killed during a shooting at the site of a pro-Morsi sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Egyptian Republican Guard on July 8, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Photo courtesy Getty Images.]

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  • wigwag

    Maybe it just me, but doesn’t the young man with the blue striped shirt with his arm raised above his head look exactly like a young Barack Obama?

  • rheddles

    Another question to ponder, Who’s going to pay for the wheat imports?

    • Ooga Booga

      Saudis? UAE?

    • USNK2

      Saudia Arabia will pay for Egypt’s wheat imports, assuming there is a broker who will not tell anyone that the big wheat surplus for export right now comes from Russia.

  • Anthony

    Historical institutional patterns don’t change because bosses do – extractive vs. inclusive institutions…

  • ljgude

    Because the MB is the founding organization of politics first (as opposed to Allah first) Islam and hence is an essentially secular totalitarian organization like the ones that it imitated – the nazis and communists, I welcome any setbacks it suffers including the present one. But so far as I can see no one has come up with a plan to get Egypt out of its food crisis. If I were Pharaoh I would hire agricultural experts to maximize agricultural output and make interfering with the tourist trade a capital offense.

  • Fred

    What’s shocking to me is that it is shocking to anyone that an Arab country is capable of nothing but brutal authoritarianism of some sort or other. Freedom is NOT a universal aspiration. Some cultures are more comfortable with someone directing every aspect of their lives. Bottom line is savages are like children, they need a strongman kicking butt or all they do is slaughter each other.

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