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In Retrospect Morsi Never had a Chance to Succeed, Part II

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Having holdover Court appointees from the previous authoritarian regime remaining in their positions (as happened with the Supreme Court appointees made by Mubarak) becomes an impassible roadblock to any new president's initiatives if they are allowed to rule AFTER the new constitution is in place and a new president elected without him being able to nominate new justices and approved or rejected by a legislative assembly. So before new court appointees are nominated by the new president there must be a new parliamentary assembly representing the people who then would select or reject new court appointees made by the president.

These critical political conditions weren't in place and established in Egypt. Instead Mubarak's court appointees remained on the court who resisted, from the beginning the election of Morsi and suspended the previously elected people's assembly shortly after Morsi took office. Morsi attempted to have the assembly reseated but was rejected by the Mubarak appointed court. When Morsi then asserted his authority above the court (seen by many Egyptians as reminiscent of Mubarak's authoritarian dictatorial rule) along with a deteriorating economy, severe unemployment, electrical outages, fiscal debt incurred under Mubarak but not forgiven, curtailing government spending needed to alleviate the poor economic plight of the people and a collapsing tourist industry (a previous major source of hard currency coming into the country) all contributed to the mass demonstrations and finally the coups by the Egyptian military that ousted Morsi.

All these implacable conditions mentioned above were the reason I wrote, "In Retrospect, Morsi Never had a Chance to Succeed", OPEDNEWS, July 5, 2013.

And now there's Egypt's descent into societal breakdown and possible civil war.

The implacable conditions forced on Morsi (or any president that would have been elected under those conditions he faced) and brought Egypt to its current state of societal breakdown can't be undone.

But fixing it? Even a miracle return of the Prophet Muhammad would be hard put to contain the social unraveling gripping Egypt at this time and preventing civil war from happening.    


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