Mohamed Morsi could learn a lot from the democratic model of the African country of Senegal. After days of civilian protest the first democratically elected president of Egypt was ousted by the army.
Senegal has been promoted as one of Africa’s model democracies and has transitioned from a socialist government in the year 2000. Senegal’s socialist party ruled for 40 years after President Leopold Senghor handed over power.
Senegal has a lively political landscape that allows for parties to compete across ethnic, religious and ideological lines. President Macky Sall formed his own opposition party which resulted in him winning his presidency. President Macky supported limited presidential terms to prevent against corruption in government. His view was supported by the people of Senegal resulting in his election.
“Morsi failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people,” said General Abdel Fattah Sisi, commander of the armed forces. Critics of Morsi’s administration accussed him of possessing a one-dimensional vision for creating an Islamic state at the cost of addressing the country’s problems of poverty, wide spread power outages, plummeting foreign reserves, dwindling tourism and rising crime rates.
“We want a better future, a better economy,” said Riham adel, a 28 year-old secretary. “We don’t want to be so divided and polarized. This is what the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi did to us.”
Mohamed Morsi could learn a lot from Senegal’s democratic model. Former Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade lost his reelection bid due to the people’s dissatisfaction with suspected corruption allegations. The populous often determines the political climate when dissatisfaction is evident among the people.
Morsi was forewarned by the military to quell the disorder in the streets or face the prospect of being deposed. His inability to establish relations with the people led to his administration being limited to a year in office.
“Religious and civilian leaders have agreed on a road map for the future that includes initial steps to achieve the building of a strong Egyptian society that is cohesive and does not exclude anyone, and ends the state of tension and division,” said Sisi.
President Obama expressed concern about Morsi’s ouster but was short of calling his removal a coup.
Morsi waited to the last minute to propose the compromise of a coalition government. His inability to give a timely response to the people’s concerns led to his ouster. Mohamed Morsi could learn a lot from Senegal and it’s democratic model of addressing societal needs.
By Thomas Barr