Young Egyptians Trying to Re-boot the Revolution

(New York Times) Ursula Lindsey - Launched on May 1, the Tamarrud (Rebel) campaign claims to have gathered three million signatures in Egypt calling for early presidential elections. Talk-show hosts on private TV stations have filled out the petition on the air. Leaders of Egypt's political opposition have also expressed their support. Although a majority of Egyptians, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll, still express a favorable view of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood's performance, only 30% said the country was headed in the right direction. The army has kept all its prerogatives. Islamists, who had only a small role in the uprising, have won control of the government and practiced a divisive kind of identity politics. This is why Egyptians, especially young ones, are trying to re-boot the revolution. That might seem like magical political thinking, but it worked once before.

2013-05-24 00:00:00

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