Source: Arab Center Washington DC
Author(s): Khalil al-Anani
On March 23, the world’s attention turned to Egypt as traffic in the strategic Suez Canal was disrupted after the 400-meter container ship, the Ever Given, ran aground in heavy wind. The crisis, which lasted for almost six days until the stranded ship was freed, raised questions not only about the size of the canal—one of the most important international trade routes—and its ability to accommodate large ships and containers, but also about the efficiency and capabilities of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), which is responsible for managing and running the canal. The situation also calls into question the competency of Egypt’s authoritarian regime and its ability to run the country, which is being tested daily in sectors such health care, education, and transportation.
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