On Egypt

Tahrir Square

The most worrying thing about what has happened in Egypt is that a deeply unpopular government, The Muslim Brotherhood, has been overthrown by the army and the people, not by the ballot box. One of the obvious dangers of this is that they one day regain authority that they would have lost in a legitimate election in a few years time.

President Morsi and his government forced a constitution upon Egypt that was deeply biased and the divided country was heading for financial ruin. It seems the vast majority of people urgently wanted and needed a change. How sad that this did not come through truly democratic means.

The Supreme Justice has been sworn in as Egypt's Interim President and the first thing he should do is to release the 300 Muslim Brotherhood leaders the army arrested yesterday.

In order for peace and prosperity to return to Egypt, an election should take place soon. In the meantime the army and the police mustnot return to the past by torturing and mistreating the people they arrest, as they did during the Mubarak regime.

I visited Cairo last year and was overwhelmed by the warmth, enthusiasm and optimism of the people, especially as we stood in Tahrir Square. Let's hope the wonderful progress towards democracy made in 2011 can now become a true reality and the country can do its best to unite behind it.

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