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Morsy’s Miscalculations and the Ikhwan’s Impasse

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by Andrea Teti
ECIA Senior Fellow
on OpenDemocracy - 3 Dec 2012

openDemocracy logoAfter President Morsy’s Constitutional Declaration providing him with unprecedented sweeping powers, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt faces unprecedented protests. Is this a sign of its political weakness? In this article for OpenDemocracy, ECIA’s Andrea Teti argues that Egypt’s Revolution, like Tunisia’s, first and foremost represent the rejection of this combination of façade political liberalism, economic ‘oligarchization’ under the guise of privatization, and the attempt to convince a population that it is only through elected representatives that democracy can be achieved. Herein lies the Muslim Brotherhood’s impasse: its inability to seriously address the demands of those who demonstrated until Mubarak left office.