Tunisia, not Algeria, is the model for a new Egypt

from the Financial Times..

July 14, 2013

By Marwan Muasher

Egyptians should realise that everyone lost when they ceased co-operating, says Marwan Muasher.

Egypt is more divided than ever. All sides – from Islamists to secularists – are headed to their corners, looking to be victors in the battle for power and refusing to make efforts to accommodate and compromise. If this continues, the country is in real danger of becoming the next Algeria. It should follow, instead, in Tunisia’s footsteps.


Both Islamists and secularists are wrong if they think they can build a new Egypt on their own. There is no way the country can be successful if only one party rules. It should be clear to all that the transition was on the wrong track from the start. To avoid perpetuating this, all sides must stop antagonising each other and work together.


At this point, Egypt has two possible paths. Either it follows the Tunisian route and establishes an inclusive coalition government where tensions are still prevalent but progress is obvious; or it follows the Algerian route of deep polarisation and possibly civil war. Algeria’s glaring divide persists two decades after Islamists mounted a civil insurgency when they were denied a legitimate electoral triumph.

Link to the entire article: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8a95c9fa-ea47-11e2-913c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2Z89gUb6u


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