Skip to comments.Pressure Grows on Egyptian Leader After Judicial Decree
Posted on 11/26/2012 5:58:42 AM PST by RoosterRedux
It is the most acute test to date of the ability and willingness of Mr. Morsi, Egypts first freely elected president and a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to engage in the kind of give and take that democratic government requires. But he also must contend with real doubts about the willingness of his anti-Islamist opponents to join him in compromise. Each side is mired in deep suspicion of the other, a legacy of the decades when the Brotherhood survived here only as an insular secret society, demonized as dangerous radicals by most of the Egyptian elite.
There is a deep mistrust, said Emad Shahin, a political scientist at the American University in Cairo who studies the Brotherhood. It is an ugly round of partisan politics, he said, a bone-crushing phase.
The scale of the backlash against the decree appeared to catch Mr. Morsis government by surprise. In his head, the president thought that this would push us forward, but then it was met with all this inflammation, Mr. Mekki said. He faulted the president for failing to consult with his opponents before issuing it, but he also faulted the opponents for their own unwillingness to come to the table: I blame all of Egypt, because they do not know how to talk to each other.
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