Photo: European External Action Service
Photo: European External Action Service

By Safia Yallaoui

It has been nearly two years since Hosni Mubarak gave in to the protesters in his country and resigned his role as the President of Egypt.

After resigning on February 11th 2011 and being sentenced to life imprisonment in June of this year, Egypt was finally given a chance to become a democratic country.

But things have not gone as most people had hoped; Egypt now has another revolution on its hands.

All the countries involved in the Arab Spring are trying to resolve their countries’ problems now that their voices have been heard through the revolutions and in some cases their leaders have resigned or died. This has been Egypt’s chance to do the same.

Mohamed Morsi was elected into presidency by a 51.73% of the votes. This alone was a sign that the country would be divided as to the ruling of this leader and that yet again there would be protests between ‘rebels’ and supporters.

It has only been a matter of months since President Morsi assumed office as he took it on 30th June 2012. So it is unsurprising that after he announced that he would be giving himself the power to make any laws he wished without them having to be deliberated in government and by judges, that there would be many people questioning his morals as the new leader of Egypt.

Morsi is making sure that the state TV regularly broadcasts his personal messages to the public and because of this has created a war amongst the people. Some see this as a Mubarak-type strategy that will only push the country back in terms of progress, but then there are those such as the Muslim Brotherhood who stick by Morsi no matter what.

There have been sources within AlJazeera who claim that Morsi’s coverage of the recent protests in Tahrir Square were biased, that state TV showed his supporters in a better light and portrayed his leadership as a positive movement for the people. Although this may not be true it would be quite shocking if he didn’t try to control the reports on the protests. Of course Morsi is going to want the public and the world to think of him as a good leader, whether he is to become a dictator or not, that is how leaders try to control their country.

There have been other reports within AlJazeera that Morsi has actually shut some television stations down if they criticise him. All this evidence, although debatable, is mounting up to reveal the kind of person Morsi may be; a new Mubarak.

We have to take account of the views of the public and listen to what the people of Egypt are telling us in order to accurately decipher the effect President Morsi is having on his country. For example he was voted in by the majority of the people, in Egypt’s first ever democratic election, that has to tell us something. Even though he did not win by a huge margin, he won nonetheless.

However there are of course those who don’t agree with Morsi’s tactics so far and feel that he is already showing signs of being a dictator by giving himself those huge powers over legislation.

There is another revolution going on in Egypt right now for a reason, there are clearly still flaws in the governmental system which needs to be changed.

Presidents or Prime Ministers of all countries should not be able to give themselves any kind of monopoly power because there needs to be deliberations between them and other governmental bodies as to what is best for the country; everyone has different opinions and all need to be considered.

Until this happens Egypt will continue to be a place rife with protests, revolutionary actions and killings. All we can do for now is wait and see what Morsi’s next decisions will be, the next actions he takes will be ones which could make or break the country.