n Journal for Semitics - A historical perspective to Egypt's protests

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471


The popular uprising that has brought the Egyptian government to an end was the result of the culmination of several institutionalised political dimensions. Egypt's transition to democracy failed to provide opportunities for formal representation and participation through elections. It was anticipated that opposition would come from the ranks of the Islamists as they have all along sought an Islamic alternative through influencing society and trying to change its power base. Important changes in the outlook of Egyptian Islamic activism in recent years could have opened up possibilities for progressive political development within Egypt. These possibilities however, have gone unexploited because of the rigidity of government policies of Egypt. Recent events have, however, brought opposition against Egyptian government from another source altogether. Any future governmental dispensation should provide for equal socio-economic progress and the development of a government system inclusive of all, ensuring an internally generated and fully representative system.

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