Egypt must experiment with strategies for exercising legitimate political pressure, with the aim of bringing President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood into a more inclusive democratic process, writes Bassem Sabry.
The decision by Egypt’s Administrative Court to postpone the parliamentary elections scheduled for April provides President Morsi, the Brotherhood and the opposition an opportunity to reconsider their strategies and take the country back from the brink, Bassem Sabry writes from Cairo.
There is a real opportunity for the "non-Islamist" opposition to come out of the current upheaval as a stronger political force if they stop making the same mistakes they have been for the last two years, writes Bassem Sabry.
The Egyptian government has announced that it will impose mandatory shop-closing hours across the nation. At at least half the population angrily opposes the law, writes Bassem Sabry, including pretty much the entire political opposition.
Egypt's constituent assembly has quietly produced another constituional draft over the weekend. Bassem Sabry outlines the document's changes, which include apparent limitations on the scope of religious freedoms. Neither Salafists nor liberals are pleased with the draft, but its ambiguity will make it tough to challenge, he writes.
While it's indeed conceivable that the Muslim Brotherhood may not succeed in wowing voters and the world with their management of Egypt, and there is ample room for missteps, the odds seem stacked against an outright failure, writes Bassem Sabry for Al-Monitor.
Egypt’s liberals and moderates may have helped spark the revolution that brought down President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, but they’ve have lost out in the new post-Mubarak political order. Bassem Sabry, writing for Al-Monitor, offers five key issues the opposition should address.
A group of more than 150 politicians and activists held a press conference at a downtown Cairo hotel to announce the launch of the much-hyped “Egyptian Third Current” last week. Bassem Sabry writes about the meteoric rise of the movement, which includes almost every major secular, liberal and leftist party or movement.
Despite the cheers in Tahrir square, Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, finds himself surrounded by increasingly hostile state institutions, while many of his countrymen fear for their nation now that an Islamist leader has come to power. Bassem Sabry writes that Morsi and other Egyptians must move quickly to overcome the many challenges facing Egypt.
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi came in first in the elections, with Ahmed Shafiq, a former Mubarak prime minister, following closely behind. Egyptian blogger Bassem Sabry says the only way to save the country is for revolutionaries to cooperate with a Brotherhood that commits itself to moderation.
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