The Egyptian public is deeply divided between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi’s policies. In fact, several revolutionary movements and political parties have called for demonstrations under the banner of “Accountability” for next Friday [Sept. 12]. This call comes 100 days after Morsi took office and confirms that the revolution is still ongoing. Morsi’s opponents are calling upon the Egyptian president to leave office and also calling for the the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, which is responsible for drafting the country’s constitution.
Meanwhile, Morsi’s supporters have reiterated their unconditional support for his policies, which focus on achieving the revolution’s goals and contributing to Egypt’s rise. Diaa al-Sawy, a political activist and secretary of the Labor Party Youth Union, condemned the calls for demonstrations, which would be held next Friday under the title of “accountability.” Sawy confirmed that it was still difficult to judge the president’s performance, [and would even be difficult] one year after Morsi’s rise to power. Moreover, he called upon those with wisdom to [not] participate in such demonstrations and to give Morsi a chance so that he could contribute to Egypt’s progress.
In his statement to El-Khabar, Sawy said: “It seems that Morsi has made a mistake by saying that a period of 100 days would be enough to assess his performance and prove he has kept his promises.” He added: “I call upon the Egyptian people not to pass judgment impetuously on the new government. Egyptians must bear with the new government in the same way that we bore with the military council during the transitional period that lasted a year and a half. We should not forget Morsi’s efforts abroad to help Egypt gradually regain its regional role.”
According to Sawy, it is a waste of time to call upon Morsi to resign and start again from scratch. “It would be better if we called upon the public prosecutor to resign. He was, in fact, appointed by the former regime, which is accused of killing protesters. It would be better if we ask that the competent authorities purge the judicial system of corrupt judges, implement the law and prosecute military figures in normal trials. Such figures do not deserve to be honored but rather should be tried for their acts. This is what we should do instead of calling on Morsi to resign. Morsi became Egypt’s president at the request of the Egyptian people and based on transparent elections, whether we agree or disagree with his policies.”
In an interview with El-Khabar, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the youth coordinator of the Egyptian Movement for Change (Kefaya) and president of the executive office of the Egyptian Popular Current, stated that it was necessary to participate in the aforementioned demonstrations. According to him, such demonstrations confirm that the revolution is still ongoing and prove that Morsi has failed the first test [of his presidency] related to security, traffic congestion, cleanliness and bread prices. He added that the movement’s main goal was to dissolve and reconstitute the Constituent Assembly, which is responsible for drafting the constitution.
Abdelaziz revealed that negotiations were held with several national figures and representatives from al-Azhar, to discuss their withdrawal from the Constituent Assembly. According to him, the Constituent Assembly was dominated by one party. “These figures have assured us that they are trying to settle differences and prevent members of the Constituent Assembly from taking the constitution in different directions,” Abdelaziz confirmed.
He also added: “These figures have confirmed that in case they fail to achieve their goals, they will withdraw from the assembly. We are positive that there is no hope for a future reconciliation inside the assembly and I think there will be several withdrawals in the next stage. If Morsi disregards our demands, we will exert pressure from the outside so that we come up with a consensual constitution, although we agree that the assembly should be dissolved and reconstituted.”