Egypt is regarded as the most populous country in the Arab world. In January, 2011 Cairo plunged into chaos as military tanks took over to secure the property of the National Democratic Party (NDP). The police were unable to manage protests and called in for the military to intervene (Karon, 2011). The President’s long awaited speech on that Friday 28 January 2011, promising the people that he will ask the government to step down bore no fruits but instead the protests increased and now demanded that the President Mubarak relinquish power and leave the country (Karon, 2011). This paper discuses the cause of turmoil in Egypt giving perspectives of the situation and the prospects of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt.
President Mubarak’s misconception on what people of Egypt wanted culminated anger amongst the Protestants as all they wanted was to make him step down and leave the country (Karon, 2011). The Egyptians were rebelling against the 30 year reign of President Hosni Mubarak and what was well known the high level of corruption in his government during his regime. The country’s major problem was the lack of jobs for the youth and poor living conditions. The protestors also charged the regime as people squandered the countries resources for personal gains (Clemons, 2011).
The demonstrations were peaceful and just for their claims to be heard; the government retaliated and engaged police and military. Thus, unarmed protestors were killed innocently and this fact had also justified that people were right (Clemons, 2011). On the other hand, the crisis was already causing economic jitters across the globe as food and oil prices rose steadily. The impact of this on the global economy depended on the extent of the turmoil, if it was contained within Egypt. By any chance,I could spill to other Arab states that definitely to be felt by other economies (Karon, 2011).
The Muslim brotherhood is a powerful group with large numbers of followers. The group has major influence on the Egyptian politics and could take the crisis to its advantage and form the next government. However, the revolution is supposed to bring balance in the Egyptian politics and fair distribution of power to the Muslim Brotherhood, the al-Wasat. Fortunately, the Brotherhood is intended not only to replace the tyranny with another its type, but also to embrace democracy (Satloff, 2011).