Challenges for Egypt’s Fragile Stability

Source: Atlantic Council

Author(s): Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

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The death of Mohamed Morsi on June 17, the only president ever instated through democratic elections, arrived as a reckoning in post-revolutionary Egypt.

It can be easy to read this dramatic event as the ideal conclusion of the democratic aspirations that guided the 2011 uprising and therefore the final stage of the political counter-revolutionary process that began with his arrest in 2013. However, it is more difficult to understand what political reverberations this event may have: indeed, there are a plurality of reasons, beyond Morsi’s premature death, which make today’s Egypt a more fragile country than it appears at first sight, clenched in the fist of strongman politics, military supremacy, and widespread repression.

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