Revolution versus Conter-revolution/ Vertical struggle versus horizontal struggle/ SCAF press conference versus Anti-SCAF press conference
Solution any one?
Egypt is in a lock down. In the current charged, volatile, and even convulsive mood, it is easy to be consumed by anger, rage and despair. However, we need a way out. A viable plan to get Egypt out of this cycle of violence.
Marc Lynch ( Associate professor at George Washington University) wrote in Foreign Policy Egypt’s Transition Can’t Wait bit.ly/tOSAVy some welcomed his initiative, but many were sceptical, highlighting the potential pitfalls and problems.
Today, Prof. Seif Abdelfattah suggested either a Parliament Chair to act as interim president or presidential elections by March 2012. This suggestion was later dismissed by the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party, “FJP rejects initiatives for early power transfer to head of PA or interim president, and prefer to sticks to the timetable according to March’s referendum.”
The Pitfalls for early parlimentarily Elections as listed by Hasan Nafaa (Prof. of political science) in Marc Lynch’s piece are mainly: cancellation of the Upper House elections, no time to write the new constitution, and shorter campaign for presidential candidates. The brotherhood also view the move as a way to bring the super- constitutional principals from the back door, no wonder they urgently met today and decisively reject it.
What are the alternatives? Can Egypt afford to wait till June? How can we stop the cycle of violence? Lets face it, there is no perfect solution to this mess.
The only way to square the circle is to involve the four main parties within the Egyptian society; The military Council, the activists, the politicians and the general public in one plan which can bring some benefits to each one of them.
Here is a simple plan :
1- Stop the violence immediately.
2- Clear Tahrir following next Friday proposed Million march.
3- Can we have a “Hodna”(time out) from swearing, insult and accusations?
4- Presidential Election to be held on the 11th of February 2012. Holding the election on the 11th of February is the best way -in my opinion- to celebrate the first anniversary of Mubarak departure. This move could unit all Egyptians, regardless of their political affiliations on one task. “Lets save the revolution.”
This proposal has also potential advantages to all parties:
1- Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF):
By accepting an early presidential election, SCAF would show a true desire to hand over power and reaffirm its claim that they do not want to rule the country forever. It also would save the image of the military forces that was tarnished following the disgraceful images of brutality on the streets.
2- The Protestors:
The end of military rule is the main demand of the protestors. an early transition will calm the anger and defuse the current tense atmosphere. Plus, it would help them to focus on the political process and the campaign for a president who can fulfil their aspirations.
3- The Politicians ( including the Brotherhood):
Despite their rejection of the proposal, I think the brotherhood stand a lot to gain from it:
a- It would narrow the gap between them and Tahrir. After many has accused them of opportunism and indifference to the loss of human lives, it is about time to show some flexibility, and more important some patriotism.
b- It would refute any claim of potential secret alliance with the military council in order to reach power.
c- It would give them with a better chance and longer time to write the constitution (as March lynch pointed out in his piece)
Other political parties should also seize the opportunity and focus on selecting and backing their favourite candidate for the presidential election.
4- The General Public:
The so called “silent majority” has certainly started to lose patience with every body including “their beloved Military Council ” They are yearning for stability, jobs and security. and an accelerated process would certainly help them to achieve these demands.
Now, Do I want the like of Abu-Ismail as President ? Certainly not and I admit the the shorter campaign is a big problem. However, I frankly think most Egyptians have made their mind regarding who they like and who they do not among the current candidates. Plus, if the activists use the remaining few weeks efficiently and channel their anger in a door to door campaign, they stand a good chance to swing the undecided voters towards their favourite candidate.
Meanwhile, you have three options; You either agree with my proposal, amend it or provide an alternative one, but dismissing it is simply not an option!
Despair is not an option, this revolution has to prevail. The legendary writer Ihsan Abdel Kouddous wrote “You can not switch of the sun-light” and he is right, Egypt’s sun is eternal, no one can switch it off.