The Birth of a New Egypt

Reflection of an Egyptian Living Abroad
By Suzana Nabil Saad
Freelance Writer- USA

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The first step has been achieved with the winning of Morsi, but we still have a long way ahead of us to restore our full freedom

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.” This is the path I felt Egypt was heading to last week, before the announcement of the result. Morsi or Shafiq, who would turn out to be president? Mubarak,dead or alive? Will SCAF,handle power by the end of June to the new president or not? Many speculations and rumors were not only filling the streets of Egypt, but also worrying us Egyptians abroad. Where was Egypt heading to?

Since I chose to vote for Mohamed Morsi in the runoff elections, aspiring to help “clean” the country of the “remnant” Shafiq, I eagerly waited for the results. I was delighted to see Morsi leading, but my happiness was short lived. This time not because I felt threatened by Shafiq winning, but by SCAF’s sudden constitutional decree that gave them sweeping powers, curbing the roles of the new president, thus degrading the post of presidency to a subservient role. This, moreover, came  only a couple of days after they decided to dissolve  the parliament.

Morsi won by a small margin over Shafiq. But why was I not able to feel happy? Why was I overwhelmed with sadness and worry? This is due mainly to the great fear I have over  the new decree issued by SCAF, I wondered: “Will  the new president have any authority whatsoever?” Why can’t they just let me enjoy this victorious moment?

To be President or not to be?

The official results of the runoff elections were still to be issued 4 days  later. Not a big deal I thought, it is clear Morsi would win. My only worry now, or so I thought, was how to get SCAF out of the game. However, rumors started spreading in Egypt that Shafiq  had won the elections! Suddenly, we had two forerunners claiming to be the next president of Egypt!

Both parties filed complaints against each other and the final results would be postponed another three days on top of the four. Seriously? This is just absurd. I felt a lot of awkward situations were evolving in Egypt lately. I felt embarrassed over our situation and how one could hardly be sure about anything anymore.

I was also anxious that Shafiq was still not out of the game yet, and there was still a chance that he might be president after all.

To be Dead or not to be?

On top of all this, other rumors started spreading in Egypt that Mubarak  had been clinically dead after suffering a brain clot, then the rumor was later nullified by other reports claiming he was still alive . Personally, I could not care less if he was dead or alive. But, it seemed it was used as a method to distract the people from the ongoing events in Egypt and give them petty issues to delve over. Nevertheless, all this added to the sense of uncertainty one was experiencing, creating a very tense atmosphere.

Back to Tahrir Square

I was happy to see my people gather again in Tahrir square to fight for their rights. Oh, how I love this place and how it has become such a powerful tool of pressurizing the government to give in to the peoples’ demands. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered to protest over SCAF’s so-called “supplementary constitutional” decree, sensing a military coup over the country. The protesters also  demanded for Morsi to be announced as president, as Shafiq stems from the old regime and is seen by many as a continuation of  the despotic system.

SCAF are supposed to hand power over to the new president, no later than June 30 but from the way things look, it seems it will take much longer! It does hurt to see them manipulating their powers in such a way, when the people wholeheartedly gave them their trust.

Final Results of the Egyptian Presidential Elections of 2012

Then, at last, came the day we had all been waiting for; the final results for the elections. A long speech by head of judges, Farouq Sultan, squeezed  my nerves for long, wishing he would skip this intro and just get straight to the point. . Please say it is not Shafiq. Finally, he uttered the words I had been waiting for: “Morsi, next President of Egypt”. My eyes got filled with tears: “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greater) I mumbled and cried out “Morsi won”.

From being pessimistic and indifferent just a week before, I  finally become a more hopeful person now. Well, those days, awaiting the final results, had brought a change to my state of mind and sent me towards a more optimistic direction that even though SCAF still held tightly to power, it is impossible for injustice and autocracy to have the upper hand forever. The sun must shine again one day soon.

What next?

It is not yet time to declare the victory of the Egyptian Revolution. The first step has been achieved with the winning of Morsi, but we still have a long way ahead of us to restore full freedom and equality. Many changes have to take place, starting with SCAF handing over full power and authority to the new President. The Parliament must be restored again. A surge of political, economical, health, etc. reforms must prevail. In short..we need to witness the birth of a new Egypt.



Suzana Nabil Saad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the Faculty of Languages, Ain Shams University, Egypt. She obtained her Master’s Degree of Arts in English Literature from Gothenburg University, Sweden. She previously worked as an editor in Reading Islam section at Islamonline.net (now OnISlam.net). She currently resides in Texas, USA.

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