Dimitris Rapidis

Just five months ago, Morsi was elected President of Egypt after a fierce and long-lasting string of upheavals targeting his predecessor Mubarak. Morsi’s last maneuver to gather additional power in his hands seems really similar to the Egyptians that have not forgotten Mubarak’s authoritarian regime. Do we have a repetition?

Tahrir Square has been once again the centre of attention for global media after the decision of thousands of manifestators to gather and protest against the sweeping of powers. Morsi has been invested with hopes for change as during the Mubarak’s regime Egypt has experienced one of the darkest periods in its history.

Media in Egypt are deeply concerned with a possible return to Mubarak’s era under the disguise of the new leader of the country. The reaction against Morsi’s initiative to pass legislation that gathers additional powers on him have been treated fiercely by some opposition media that still have the courage to contradict power accumulation. But is this enough to control executive power?

Political culture in Egypt has been widely damaged during the years of Mubarak and it is quite difficult for the public to cope with modern institutionalization and adopt the sense of checks and balances in the public administration. Manifestation is never enough, even in well-established democratic regimes, to address manipulation of powers, and so is the case in Egypt. It wil take years for the country and its citizens to get accustumed with such democratized processes and it is apparent that during these years, Morsi or whoever else endeavors to break legitimacy and petray public endorsement will in any manner achieve to do it. In this respect, what is needed is a strong monitoring support from independent mechanisms that would function inside the realm of Egyptian politics. This requesite can be safeguarded when both media and institutitions can get rid of any authoritative imposition exerted by the President.

It will take time for the Egyptian people to address democracy straightforward and this is a process that only independent media and think-tanks can deal with, until well-organized elections and institutions can take place. For the moment Morsi has bought out necessary time to stabilize and refresh his ties abroad, while moving meticulously and with robustness in domestic politics.

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