PRESIDENT Morsi vs Kings Charles I (Part 1)
Yes, that’s ‘President’ Mohamed Morsi. The leader of the Freedom and Justice party.
One may ask ‘why am I stating this?’ Simple – legally he is still the ‘President’ of Egypt. He is the first democratically elected President since, let’s see…actually, I don’t think there was one. But, the last democratically elected ‘Prime Minister’, a viable election one could add, was won by Saad Zaghlul.
Since then you’ve had (concentrating on Presidents)….
1952 Egyptian Revolution saw the overthrow of King Farouk Al-Awwal and the entry of the first President of Egypt, Muhammad Naguib.
Naguib was the primary leader of the Egyptian Revolution. From June 1953 to November 1954 he ruled as President. He was removed from office by Gamal Abdel Nasser when conflict started arising between both.
The above event led for Gamal Abdel Nasser to take office. He ruled between June 1956 to September 1970. Now Nasser was a VERY popular figure. In fact, I based my postgrad dissertation around Nasser’s Era, Egypt and Palestine. Therefore, I could go into depth, but we’re concentrating on Dr Morsi today.
After Nasser’s death, Anwar Sadat moved in. He ruled as President between September 1970 to October 1981. Another key figure in history, if we’re talking about the Middle East that is.
Sadat was assassinated, and this paved the way for Hosni Mubarak to enter.
Just a quick point – after the assassination of Sadat, Sufi Abu Taleb was the acting President for almost a month until Mubarak took over.
Now, Mubarak, there’s quite A LOT I could say on him, but again, it’s more about Morsi.
So Mubarak ruled for 30 years (is that legal?) until the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.
Mubarak resigned. Yes, there’s the word, ‘resigned’. Resign he may have, but currently still arrested and perhaps one of the slowest trials to take place.
A very slow trial indeed! That’s if we consider last year’s arrests of numerous Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders and members (including Morsi of course), along with the conviction and the sentence of Death Penalty to 529 members this year. Now that was a quick trial, lasted two days if I’m correct (that’s including the sentencing), so why take so long for Mubarak?
Some articles that may be of interest, and yes, I’ve read them all, including many more online…
Karl Vick, writing for TIME Magazine, wrote a good piece here. BBC’s report here and here are pretty interesting. An article, written by JC Finley for UPI, here concerns Kerry’s reaction to the sentence. Of course there are MANY more, but I feel I may be going off the point.
In simple terms, 2011 saw a revolution followed by a democratic election. But last July 2013, a military coup took place. At the time, the media seemed to be covering the anti-Morsi supporters more so than the pro-Morsi supporters. Along with the protestors, you had a lot of the opposition parties joining in…shouting for the overthrow of a democratically elected government. Military took advantage of the situation, and look…I still wonder whether the anti-Morsi supporters are enjoying the outcome. Indeed, the opposition parties began distancing themselves once the mood of the country began to change…resignation followed by condemnation. Although, they may possibly be happy now that the Muslim Brotherhood party has now been labelled a ‘terrorist’ party – thus, no longer running; just being arrested.
Perhaps what annoyed the opposition parties the most was the fact when the election campaign was taking place, the Muslim Brotherhood were the most organised. They weren’t new and they knew how the process worked. The party has experienced nearly every ruler; from being put into exile during the Nasser Era, to being put into exile (arrested and some sentenced to death) recently by the military. But this is just my view; however, I am sure that there are others out there who may agree with me.
I live in a democratic country; therefore, I understand the system and value what it brings. So I would inevitably side with the government that was chosen democratically. It would be insane to support a military coup, especially considering Egypt’s history (plenty of Academic journals and books out there!).
I have come to the conclusion that those that protested for the overthrow of the government were either not ready for Democracy or do NOT understand how the system works. You elect someone and give them about 4-5 years in office with the hope for them to make a positive change. Two things to point out…
- You finally have the chance to VOTE. So choose carefully.
- Understand why they are given 4-5 years in office. Change does not come about within a year or two. We’ve had to live with David Cameron and Nick Clegg, and that was a COALITION, a HUNG PARLIAMENT. Yet we’re giving them 5 whole years, even though there are MANY policies that MANY of us disagree with (another time!).
Again, I may be going off the topic.
I didn’t really introduce the topic today. So I’ll start off by apologising for waiting for a month before writing today’s blog.
If you’ve noticed, I’ve thrown some history at you, most specifically relating to Egypt. I’ve been planning to write on this topic for some time now and since I’ve mention some info on Charles I previously, I thought maybe it might just be interesting to a reader. I’ve also written about the Enlightenment Era, so it should give you some understanding of the importance of Democracy for Britain, or even the West.
The following two blogs, I want to compare the trial of King Charles I to President Morsi’s continuing trial. This is my analysis; therefore all views are my own.
I’ve decided to break this up into two, the main reason being that there’s a lot of information involved.
So for now I will leave you with the above VERY brief history of Egypt, but will continue on the next blog…hopefully.
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