Egypt Will Soon Begin Parliamentary Elections


Earlier this year, Egypt amended its constitution so the parliamentary elections would follow the presidential elections. Now that the presidential elections are over, Egypt is under pressure as it prepares for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Last year’s impeachment of elected president Mohamed Morsi caused political turmoil in Egypt. Accusations arised that deposed President Mohamed Morsi was committing fraud and guilty of a prison escape, among a slew of other charges.

Military backed authorities also allege that during the 13 month presidency of deposed Morsi, political unrest settled in, and Egypt became a formidable region. Public protesters everywhere reacted with deadly violence to the democratic changes Morsi made to Egypt’s constitution. Also, violence continued in retaliation to the charges being made against President Morsi.

As security forces tried to quell the violence occurring in the streets, a six month-long battle ensued. The situation heightened when President Morsi was arrested and UK armed forces were brought in to ensure the country remained peaceful.

Morsi was immediately ousted and jailed as an unfit president three months into the battle between protesters and police officers. Government officials charged Morsi with repeated and intensified acts of violence that occurred during the presidency. Initially, Morsi was scheduled to stand in trial over a six month process that began in November last year. Because of court delays, Morsi remains incarcerated and has not been found on any of the charges.

The millions of supporters of the ejected President Mohamed Morsi may still be carrying some unhealed wounds as Egypt authorities plan for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Morsi’s impeachment was defined by millions of Egyptian people as a military coup d’état. Many are wondering if the old Egyptian dictatorship rules are still in place.  Many also doubt whether the next elected parliamentary officials to run the country are capable making unbiased and democratic based decisions. This is an unlucky period for the Egyptian people.

Military Field Marshall Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was the leader who controlled last year’s takeover. El-Sisi was also temporarily appointed to replace the ejected president. El-Sisi managed to oversee the Egyptian government affairs with very little threats to peace.

However, critics say the country is stagnated rather than evolving and has no definite agenda on modernization. “The cause for the standstill of progress is because former President Morsi was unreasonably forced out of the position.” Morsi was globally considered Egypt’s first democratic president. According to Morsi, “Egypt was headed towards a swifter path to modernization, peace and democracy.” Many of the people who supported Morsi shared a similar vision.

Morsi is now considered unpopular with the believers of the Islamic faith in Egypt. Morsi’s organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, was held largely responsible for all of the violence that took place during Morsi’s administration. As the new presidential office is preparing for the upcoming parliamentary elections, security officials said, “the Egyptian government is determined to ensure that the sanctuary of the country is in stable levels at all times.”

President El-Sisi recently discussed Egypt’s future plans for the upcoming parliamentary election in a meeting with a British delegation of members from the UK House of Commons and the House of Lords. President El-Sisi said repeatedly that “the door remains open to political reconciliation in Egypt.” President El-Sisi was officially elected as Egypt’s new president during the presidential election that ended on June 8, 2014.

Two years ago the parliamentary elections took place shortly after the election of President Morsi. Now that the presidential elections are final, Egyptians are eagerly awaiting the beginning of parliamentary elections. The parliamentary elections are set to take place near the end of this summer. The exact dates have not been made.

By Kimakra Nealy

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