Egypt in Crisis: Divided Country, Declining Economy (VIDEO)

Egypt Crisis

Via DW:

The unrest in Egypt has not only left dozens dead. It has also shown how divided Egyptian society is two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak. President Morsi has proclaimed a state emergency in parts of the country, and the military is patrolling on the streets. But Morsi is also calling for dialogue. Meanwhile the opposition is sceptical.

Empty words and time-wasting – that is the verdict of leading members of the opposition on President Morsi’s offer of talks. The mainly secular opposition sees the president’s policies as the cause of the unrest. They want an interim government and changes to the Islamist-inspired constitution.

Morsi faces not just the problem of a divided country, but also of a declining economy. Tourists and foreign investors have been staying away during the chaos. Will President Morsi be able to unite the various different social groups in a single democratic state? Or will Egypt revert to its authoritarian past?


  • Said Samir, freelance journalist/media consultant
  • Thomas Hasel,  journalist/political scientist
  • Hoda Salah, political scientist/political advisor to the European Parliament

Watch Egyptian Winter – Morsi Under Pressure after the jump.

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  • Mass protests planned in Egypt after deadly week

    NBC News (via Reuters), By Tom Perry and Yusri Mohamed

    Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi planned mass demonstrations on Friday, raising the prospect of more bloodshed despite a pledge by politicians to back off after the deadliest week of his seven months in office.

    Protests marking the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak have killed nearly 60 people since January 25, prompting the head of the army to warn this week that the state was on the verge of collapse.

    The country’s most influential Islamic scholar hauled in rival political leaders for crisis talks on Thursday and persuaded them to sign up to a charter disavowing violence and committing to dialogue as the only way to end the crisis.

    But barely had those talks at a medieval university ended, when Morsi’s foes called for new nationwide protests, including a march on the presidential palace in Cairo, which his followers see as a provocative assault on a symbol of his legitimacy.

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