Egypt: a rejoinder

The Editorial headlined “ >Rollback of the Spring (April 27) was based on incorrect facts. While stating that the protests by millions of Egyptians in December 2012 and June 2013 were triggered by the former President’s decree to avoid judicial oversight over his actions and the attempts of the Brotherhood to restructure the national institutions along Islamist lines, it reaches the false conclusion that this was a military coup. It ignores the fact that the chief of the Constitutional Court was at the country’s helm following the popular protests, and that since then millions of Egyptians have voted twice to adopt the country’s Constitution and elect a new President. In fact, Egypt is preparing for parliamentary elections, to complete the political road map it adopted.

The Editorial misleads by stating that the bulk of those killed during the December 2012 protests were members of the Brotherhood, while admitting that the protesters were agitating against former President Morsy’s order. In stating that the criminal cases against him and his associates were politically motivated, it ignores the fact that Egypt’s judicial system has always been fully independent and provides lawful guarantees and processes to all accused persons. These guarantees and processes are available to the former President and his associates, including the right to appeal the verdict before the Court of Cassation.It fails to mention the terrorist attacks committed by extremists and supported by the Brotherhood, and how it affects the livelihood of many Egyptians. It misses to mention efforts by the present government to restore security and attract tourism, investments and businesses back to Egypt.

The conclusion that Egypt is back to square one shows a lack of understanding about one of the world’s oldest countries. While the world watched, Egyptians have risen twice within a span of 30 months calling for freedom, social justice and human dignity. They rallied to protect their national identity, as well as the moderation and tolerance that has characterised their history. The democratic gains achieved since 2011 could not be rolled back. Egyptians, particularly the young, will not allow it. That is not to say the road ahead is neither challenging nor complex. But Egypt is determined to overcome these challenges and looks forward to true and old friends to show support and trust in the wisdom of its people.

Hatem Tageldin,

Egyptian Ambassador to India,

New Delhi

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