Hollis B. Ball III
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By Hollis B. Ball III:
February 11th, 2011 is now known as the Day of Departure among Egyptians. Mubarak’s ouster represented a victory for those Egyptians demanding ‘the fall of the regime’ and turned their uprising into a revolution. A spirit of cooperation, cohesiveness, and national pride pervaded the population from that momentous day. But as the dust settles, the major challenges of a post-Mubarak Egypt are becoming apparent.
In the recent constitutional referendum, forty-one percent of eligible voters showed up to cast their ballot. By an overwhelming majority, Egyptians approved amendments previously proposed by Mubarak himself. One-quarter of voters opposed the moderate measure, and some were soon calling the results fraudulent. This vote has brought to the fore a rift between the more liberal elements of the revolution who want sweeping reforms, including an all-new constitution and guaranteed freedom of speech, and the more conservative constituents who prefer slow, predictable change.
Additionally, in the power struggle for control of now vacant posts, a centuries-old conflict, has also emerged.
Talk of the World
The popular uprising in Egypt is an earth-shaking event – what happens here could determine the course of the region and thus the world for the foreseeable future. But where did it all begin? Some point to Tunisia. Others point to Facebook. Still others remark that this has been brewing for decades, the spirit of revolution bequeathed by the grandfathers and great-grandfathers of this generation suddenly stirring from its fitful sleep. True, these sources have played their part, in fact, I believe we’re witnessing the world’s first Internet revolution, but this movement truly began as a popular demand for human dignity.