KIMT News 3 – It’s more than just politics, for those protesting in Egypt for their president, it’s about principle.
Although the scenes of violence and turmoil spilling into the streets of Egypt is taking a toll on the country economically and politically, the country I once called home is divided once again and according to experts and neighbors, changes need to be made for the welfare of the struggling nation.
Days of massive protests and military intervention forced the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi out of office.
For many, the sights and sounds of the Arab Spring in 2011 remains a constant reminder of the power behind the people and despite his best efforts, the majority of Egypt has spoken and Islamist President Morsi is now nowhere to be found.
“They don’t want that president to rule Egypt again because they thought that all this insecurity, all this economic failure, all this stuff will be out because of the Muslim Brothers that are running Egypt. It’s a big fight now in Egypt, those who are supporting the President and those who are not supporting the President,” said Allyieson Jadden of Juba, South Sudan.
Allyieson Jadden is a small business owner in the country of South Sudan, just south of Egypt, but works closely with country and has many ties to the area.
I should know, I was born in Cairo Egypt and Ali happens to be my father.
Living in Egypt as a Black African alone poses its own challenges but none more universal than living as a christian in an Islamic state.
While some would prefer the president to stay in power as a show of democratic leadership, others say they weren’t confident in the direction he was headed.
A direction based on the principles of creating an Islamist regime stemming from the Muslim faith.
“The president led the country all the way down and corrupted it. The country cannot move, the country is losing economically one point something billion every day,” said Jadden.
For American’s they want to know, why should we care?
While I may have my own personal reasons, there’s about 1.3 billion reasons why Americans should care.
Since 1979, Egypt has been the second largest recipient of foreign aid from the United States falling shortly behind Israel.
With more than $1.3 billion dollars invested in military and economic aid for the country, the cards are on the table for the U.S. to take a stance one way or the other.
Eric Shoars is a Political Analyst in Minnesota and says the American government needs to be more decisive.
“There’s a lot of protests going on in Egypt, not only against the ousted President Morsi but also against President Obama. Really where I think his weakness is in the Arab Spring originally and now it’s continuation in Egypt is that he’s not picking a side,” said Shoars.
No matter what decision the United States government makes, it will play a major role in an Egyptian economy struggling to stay afloat.
“For the United States, we need to have that strong Arab partner to be then an ally in continuing dialogue with other Arab nations,” said Shoars.
Recent efforts to try to fast-track elections and bring stability to Egypt still has opposition but according to some, if the country is to make progress, changes must be made.
“People are in the streets, two days ago they’ve used weapons, they’ve used some force, some violence. They’re still asking their military to put back the president who’s been removed. They ask the president to be put back, which is impossible. It’s not going to happen,” said Jadden.
“With our foreign aid going to the Egyptian military, we have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to put some gentle, firm pressure on the military to make sure they are going to be free and open elections and that it doesn’t turn into a military dictatorship,” said Shoars.
While former president Morsi will face no charges for his political actions while in office, Egyptian State TV reports that prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for some top Muslim Brotherhood Officials.
Though many Morsi supporters continue to fill the streets of Cairo, the interim government continues to push for elections and a return to democratic order.