Dire economic situation in Egypt will force political dialogue
Rocketing inflation and the worsening economic situation may help bring the opposing political factions in Egypt together, Ahmed Naguid, a political analyst based in Cairo, tells RT.
Only negotiations where everyone is included in determining the
future of the country will stop violence and bloodshed in the
country, Naguid says.
RT: More than a thousand people have died since Morsi was ousted and we’ve seen this surge in violence over the last 24 hours, what is it going to take at this point to stop the violence?
Ahmed Naguid: Frist of all, both sides are being very stubborn: the current government backed by the military and the Muslim Brotherhood and their leaders and most of them are in prison or arrested and detained up to now. It’s a knuckle breaking situation, it’s a bottleneck, both sides are trying to put a lot of pressure on the other, until the other reaches a certain point, and will make concessions and therefore put the other party in a much stronger position. Now the military and the current government want the Muslim Brotherhood to simply give in and admit their mistakes and not proceed with their protests and demonstrations, and even admit that the current government is a legitimate government and they are part of the roadmap that General Sisi had put forth. Now the Muslim Brotherhood are giving more and more into the scenario of victimizing themselves. They’re going out on the streets, although they haven’t recently used violence, but violence has been imposed on them and they have a lot of victims in the past couple of days and months.
RT: We are hearing from our correspondent today, that the security situation is getting worse there. What’s going to happen in the near future do you think?
AN: The economic situation, which is actually a crisis, is
going to impose itself on both conflicting parties. Egyptians are
finding it very hard every day, with the crazy inflation rates
going up, to make ends meet. So there could be another revolution
or widespread demonstrations because the situation cannot
continue. There has to be political pressure on both parties to
come to a solution. A reconciliation process has to start by
presenting those who have done wrong from both sides; anyone who
has any criminal charges has definitely to be put in front of
just court procedures. However, there has to be a court order
against Murbarak that is equal and as just as the one that will
be imposed against Morsi. However, the leaders of the current
Muslim Brotherhood, those who don’t have any criminal charges
against them, have to be released and the use of the term the War
on Terror has to cease to exist. This continuing demonization of
the Muslim Brotherhood in the media is not helping either side.
There have to be negotiations and a dialogue and inclusion in the
future. You will not have a constitution that is being written
without 25% of the population or voters being represented in that
process. We will be falling into a vicious circle again like the
Muslim Brotherhood’s own constitution, which was not inclusive.
The current process is also not inclusive, so we continue to be
in some kind of dilemma and turmoil until both parties come to
some sort of understanding and agreement.