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Current issue | Issue 1154, (27 June - 3 July 2013)
Wednesday,13 December, 2017
Issue 1154, (27 June - 3 July 2013)

Ahram Weekly

30 June: Tug of war

What will happen on Sunday? Ask the question in a crowded room and a host of conflicting scenarios will be offered, many of them the product of wishful thinking. The truth is no one can predict what will happen on 30 June, or how it will shape the future. The one sure thing is that shape the future it will.

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Al-Ahram Weekly


A year after Mohamed Morsi became president and Egypt is divided as never before. A majority of Islamist forces say they will celebrate the president’s successes. The opposition says there are no successes to celebrate. Morsi, they claim, has presided over a dismal catalogue of failure.
In the end it is the people who will decide. If they turn out in their millions and occupy Egypt’s town and city squares Morsi’s choices will be limited.
Bloodshed is what everyone fears. While both the Islamists and the opposition claim they oppose violence, each accuses the other of plotting bloody scenes. Indeed, several high profile Islamist figures have publicly announced that they will respond with force if “the legitimate president” is threatened.
As Al-Ahram Weekly went to press, the president was scheduled to deliver a speech to the nation — a last attempt, perhaps, to convince the public that during his year in office he has acted to safeguard the interests of all Egyptians and not just those of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist fellow travellers. Rumours abound that he will finally unveil the “conspiracies” against his rule that he has always hinted at in speeches. Whether his words will sway an increasingly disenchanted public is anyone’s guess.
The chances are that, rather than hear about unverifiable conspiracies, people would prefer an explanation as to why daily life has become so much harder, why they must queue for hours at petrol pumps, each week pay more for their groceries, sit in the dark at home because of yet another power cut. Along with the families of martyrs since the 25 January Revolution they might also appreciate an explanation of why freedom, justice and dignity remain as elusive as ever.
On Sunday Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi stated that the Armed Forces will not allow the country to slide into chaos. He urged all sides to work towards reconciliation ahead of 30 June. If any reminder were needed that the army is, de facto, a major political player, then look at the hundreds of Egyptians already in front of the Ministry of Defence urging a military coup.
In this special issue, Al-Ahram Weekly analyses Morsi’s first year in office, assesses the political players who will shape 30 June and offers insights into its aftermath.

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