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Egypt in Turmoil

Egypt is regarded as the most populous country in the Arab world. In January, 2011 Cairo plunged into chaos as military tanks took over to secure the property of the National Democratic Party (NDP). The police were unable to manage the protests and called in for the military to intervene (Karon, 2011).  The President’s long awaited speech in that Friday 28th Jan, 2011, promising the people that he will ask the government to step down bore no fruits but instead the protests increased and now demanded that the President Mubarak relinquish power and leave the country (Karon, 2011). This paper discuses the cause of turmoil in Egypt, giving perspectives of the situation and the prospects of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt.

President Mubarak misconception on what the people of Egypt wanted culminated anger amongst the Protestants as more than anything they wanted him to step down and leave the country (Karon, 2011). The Egyptians were rebelling against the 30 year reign of President Hosni Mubarak and what was well known the high level of corruption in his government during his regime. The country’s major problem was the lack of jobs for the youth, poor living conditions. The protestors also charged the regime as people who were p to squandering the countries resources for personal gains (Clemons, 2011).  

The demonstrations were based on peace and just for their claims to be heard, the government retaliated and engaged police and military killing unarmed protestors innocently which even justified that the people were right (Clemons, 2011). On the other hand the crisis was already causing economic jitters across the globe as food and oil prices rose steadily. The impact of this on the global economy depended on the extent of the turmoil, if it was contained within Egypt the better by any chance that I could spill to other Arab states was definitely to be felt by other economies (Karon, 2011).  

The Muslim brotherhood is a powerful group with large numbers of followers. The group has major influence in the Egyptian politics and could take the crisis to its advantage and form the next government. However the revolution is supposed to bring balance in the Egyptian politics and fair distribution of power to the Muslim Brotherhood, the al-Wasat. Positively the Brotherhood is also dedicated not to replace tyranny with another and is in to embrace democracy (Satloff, 2011).

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