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.