Less than two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak there is growing fear this week that newly elected President Mohamed Morsi is headed towards an autocratic rule. This comes after a sweeping decree by Morsi to take on new and far-reaching powers. Providing context for the decision are Noel King, freelance reporter in Cairo, Omar Khalifa, who runs Egypt’s Omedia, and P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson and current professor at George Washington University.
Crowds erupted in this weekend when officials announced that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi won Egypt’s first democratic presidential election. A power struggle with the still powerful military is likely to come, so how much does the election truly mean?
Back in February 2011, when Egyptians were protesting daily in Tahrir Square, we spoke with Omar Khalifa, a resident of Cairo and the director of O Media. He was skeptical about the revolution and felt the people of his country were rushing into something they weren’t prepared for. We check back in with Khalifa after Egyptian media yesterday reported that former president Hosni Mubarak suffered a stroke Tuesday and is "clinically dead."
The will of the people of Egypt prevailed with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on Friday. In the wake of his departure the Egyptian military is taking control of the government, with elections to be held in six months. The military dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution. As much as Mubarak's departure is a welcome sight for protesters, there is a growing concern about the military's role in the transition. At the same time, there are longstanding problems that the interim government will have to solve, including ongoing labor strikes, poverty and a tradition of corruption.