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A New Democracy Essay

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  • on December 3, 2013
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A NEW DEMOCRACY: BY PROTEST, NOT POLL.
Mohammed Morsi was elected President of the Arab Republic of Egypt after winning the 2012 elections with 51.7% of the vote. He is considered by most to be the first democratically elected Head of State I Egyptian history. Although his predecessors also held elections, these were generally marred by electoral irregularities and allegations of vote rigging. He was also the first president to have assumed his office after an election, as opposed to coming to power as revolutionaries (in the case of Gamal Abder Nasser) or as appointed successors (Sadat and Mubarak). These accolades counted for little as Morsi was removed out of office by the military following four days of mass protests and Morsi’s rejection of an army ultimatum. In a Republic, the people express their democratic power to choose their leaders at regularly held elections. For decades now, the poll has represented democracy and it has been the basis on which legitimacy is built. Yet, this too counted for little as this democratically elected president was illegally removed from office by the military. ‘Little’ again is the word to describe the reactions from the world’s self-appointed ‘guardians’ of democracy. The UK’s Foreign Secretary said his country would back whoever was in power in Cairo and described the Egyptian coup d’état as a “popular intervention”. And it wasn’t just the West- the whole word, with the exception of Turkey and Germany, date stamped the Egyptian coup. Clearly, there is a new understanding of democracy. One in which four day mass protests are just cause to remove a democratically elected leader, in effect rubbishing the polls he won. In this new democracy, leaders will understand the saying ‘uneasy is the head that wears the crown’.
Democracy, as we knew it, was a political system in which the people of a country rule through any form of government they chose to establish. Supreme authority was exercised by representatives elected by...

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