» 06/25/2012, 00.00
Muslim scholar: Mohammed Morsi is the most unfortunate politician in Egypt
For professor Wael Farouq, among the leading intellectuals of the Jasmine revolution, 50% of Egyptians expect concrete answers from the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. This could be his undoing. Morsi's victory is a defeat for the ideals of the revolution. Suspicions about a compromise between Islamists and the military to share power.
Cairo (AsiaNews) - "Morsi is the most unfortunate
politician of Egypt, because he now has to respond in a concrete manner to the
demands of the population, especially from an economic standpoint. 50% of
Egyptians want to put him to the test. The Islamists will realize that freedom
is their worst enemy." So said Wael Farouq to AsiaNews; Farouq is a Muslim professor at the Institute of Arabic
Language at the American University of Cairo, a spoke about the recent
presidential election victory of Mohammed Mursi, leader of the Justice and
Freedom Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Islamist leader defeated Ahmed Shafiq, a former Prime Minister of the Mubarak government, with 52%
of the vote.
Wael Farouq was one of the leading intellectuals of the
jasmine revolution and since February 2011 has been following groups of contact
and dialogue between the different students, Christians and Muslims, of his
University. He stresses that the outcome of the elections won by the Islamists
is a positive sign for Egypt, but it represents a defeat of the ideals of the
youth of Tahrir Square. " Morsi's victory over Shafiq", he
said, "shows that the change begun with the fall of Mubarak is continuing.
Yet at the same time it is a defeat. The Islamists do not reflect at all the
ideals and demands expressed by the Egyptian youth in over a year of
In the first round of the presidential elections, Morsi
collected about 5.5 million votes, which is the number of members of the
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis living in Egypt. According to Wael, the
data shows that no moderate Muslim voted for him. But at the polls, the
population was forced to choose between two extreme realities of society: the
military expression of the old regime and the Islamists. This divided the
liberal parties. The fear of a return to the past prompted some 8 million people
to vote for Islamic radicals. These include many members of the April 6
Movement, one of the main groups that emerged from the demonstrations in Tahrir
"In Egypt", explains Wael Farouq, "we says
that when a person wants to eat something inedible he dips it in lemon, to mask
the taste. The majority of Egyptians who chose Morsi said they had to
'use lemon' to be able to vote. In the days surrounding the elections, people
in the streets joked that the stores had run out of lemons because the people
had chosen to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood." For the teacher, the
brotherhood has lost a lot of votes since the parliamentary elections, won with
over 60% of the vote.
"In recent months", he continued, "the population
has repeatedly criticized the Islamists and their ambiguous behavior. In
proportion to their previous votes they have fallen by about 20%. This confirms
that freedom of speech and thought is the greatest enemy of Islamic
radicals." "To this day", he added, "the biggest victory of
the Egyptians has been the democratic election. For the first time the vote of
26 million people has been heard. At the time of the regime, Mubarak always won
with 90% of the votes."
However, many Egyptians are skeptical and fear that the
election's outcome is the result of a secret power-sharing deal between the
army and the Muslim Brotherhood. "A compromise between the two parties is
not to be excluded", Wael Farouq noted, "and this hypothesis is our
biggest concern." According to the Muslim intellectual, an agreement
between the two factions would hold hostage the entire Egyptian people. In
fact, the new president would not only be representing the Islamists and
fundamentalists, but would also be the symbol of the legitimacy of a President
supported by the Military Supreme Council and religious fundamentalists."
The Egyptian professor is convinced, however, that the jasmine revolution
against Mubarak represents a point of no return for Egypt. "In recent
months", he said, " the last word has always been that of the square.
It will be difficult for those in power to deprive the Egyptians of the few
rights gained in over a year of demonstrations and protests."(SC)
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