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Egypt; Yesterday and Tomorrow Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Arabic Language, Culture, Grammar, Vocabulary

       Yesterday, Tuesday, 23rd 2012 was a memorable day as the newly-elected People’s Assembly مجلس الشعب (The Parliament البرلمان) held its first session جلسة after a year of the Egyptian 2011 Revolution. The Parliament ran its internal elections for the chairman’s post and it was won by Dr Mohammad Saad Al-Katatny; a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the founders of their Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). Al-Katatny was in prison سـِـجـن on the same day of 2010 and Fathi Sorour was the Chairman of the overthrown ex-regime’s Parliament and yesterday was the time for them to change positions, a thing which can be considered a political irony سـُـخـرية and may be considered an indicator of the success of the Egyptian revolution.

       The Muslim Brotherhood الإخوان المسلمون won the majority الأغلبية of the Parliament Members and jointly with the Salafi Nour Party حزب النور السلفي winners, they will shape a new era of Islamists in Power. Those Islamist forces have a vision that is different from that of the Liberal forces; the minority الأقلية in the Parliament. When the ex President Mubarak stepped down, he passed his authorities to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة . Most people can’t see the separate thin line between SCAF as SCAF and SCAF as President or a political leader. To those people, SCAF as SCAF has protected and guarded the revolution and thus has fulfilled its noble and expected role. When SCAF came into power السُـلطة  and played the role of the president, it failed to maintain the same support of the majority of the people and especially the revolutionary young people and the liberal forces because of its repeated mistakes and failure to achieve the aims and ambitions طـُـموحات of the revolution and hence some forces accuse it of following the same policy as the Mubarak regime or at least trying to protect this ex corrupt regime. Islamists took the side of the SCAF fearing the fall down of the country while the young people and revolutionary forces took the opposition المـُـعارَضـَـة side asking for the SCAF to step down and pass the power to a civilian authority سـُـلطة مدنية , end the emergency law قانون الطوارئ and fast trials محاكـَـمات سريعة to the killers of the revolution martyrs شـُـهـَـداء .

       Tomorrow 25th January is the first anniversary ذِكرَى سنوية of the revolution. SCAF and its Islamist allies call for a celebration احتفال day and national holiday. On the other hand, the revolutionaries and liberal forces consider tomorrow as a day of mourning بـُـكاء / حـِـداد / حزنٌ على the martyrs and peacefully protesting and declaring their anger of the slow and frustrating performance of the SCAF. What will happen tomorrow is not at all certain and can not be expected. The only certain thing is that tomorrow, we will see huge masses of people in the Tahrir Square as well as other big squares all over Egypt.


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About the Author: Fisal

Well, I was born near the city of Rasheed or Rosetta, Egypt. Yes, the city where the Rosetta Stone was discovered. It is a small city on the north of Egypt where the Nile meets the Mediterranean. I am a Teacher of EFL.


  1. Kim Bolarinwa:

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