Success of Egypt Relies On Both Parliament and Revolutionaries

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Partisans on all sides of Egypt’s increasingly divided political scene have hurled insults and accusations at their adversaries. However, Saad Abbas views the role of Egypt’s new parliament as complementary to that of the young revolutionaries who have spent much of 2011 camped out in Tahrir Square. In this article, he explains why.

Many people are puzzled by this illogical equation: "How did the youth of the January 25 revolution succeeded in rallying masses, but fail to win the votes of the electorate?” Those who have [tried to] respond to this question have lacked objectivity and good judgement. Some of the answers were prejudiced against the youth’s revolution, and others were offensive to those who won the elections.

Some said that the young revolutionaries' defeat in the election reflects the fact that they are rejected by the people. This reflects the hypocritical view that the Egyptian people rejects the revolution ignited by the youth in January 2011 and supported by millions of people, then and now.

On the other hand, those who offended the parties that won the elections said that these movements sold out the revolution, joining hands with the military council to crush it. This is another hypocritical remark, [suggesting] that the current parliament is the enemy of the revolution - [although] most of the MPs were rebels. In fact, many of their sons and daughters were among the youth that started the revolution.

Politically speaking, one can go so far as to say that what is happening in the streets reflects the revolution's objectives more faithfully than what is taking place in parliament. However, this does not mean that there is animosity between the revolutionaries and the ruling elite, as some are suggesting.

In conclusion, the young revolutionaries were so occupied with the revolution that they overlooked the ballot boxes. But they are not to be admonished for this, because everything that has been achieved so far is a result of this revolution. Had it not been for the young protesters, the counter-revolutionaries would not have lost ground and retreated.

In my perspective, the success of the revolution depends on the swift action of the Egyptian parliament, which [in turn] needs to live up to the values and goals of the revolution. Thus, Egypt will rise with [the contributions of] both its parliament and its streets.

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