After a long and grueling process, Egypt has finally chosen a president. However the results were not entirely satisfactory, neither were the options but that isn’t relevant at the moment. After the first round of elections, the choices were between the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of Egypt’s former prime ministers. Therefore the situation was bleak to say the very least, because the second round of elections and by extension the final decision was to be between the worst two candidates; in my opinion at least. When the second round came around a lot of conflict arose between the different political parties, the supporters of each of the candidates and pretty much the rest of the population. Voters stood in the blazing heat, this negatively affected the election process because a large number of people were discouraged by the heat wave that swept over Egypt during the days of the election; that is in addition to the people who abstained or chose to make use of the long weekend instead.
Millions of Egyptians waited anxiously for the results of this historical event which were revealed today. Today the new president was unveiled. The Muslim Brotherhood won the elections and for the first time in over 80 years they will have control of the nation. I am truly worried and highly unoptimistic right now. The Muslim Brotherhood have a long history of violence and were severely oppressed for decades, that, in addition to their lack of political experience concerns me deeply. Because even though they are extremely organized they are also extremely narrow-minded and are in a word extremists. Therefore many conflicts will occur between them and the opposition, who are a lot. Putting into consideration that they only got around 30% of the votes in the first round, therefore more than half the population do not support them. As for the other 21% who voted for them, they found that they were just the best of the worst. The reason why I refer to the brotherhood as a whole and not the candidate, is because they constantly act as a group.
As for me, I am pessimistic at the moment and believe that my best option is to pack my bags and leave the country, which is something that has been on my mind for quite some time now. The reason I say that, is because I honestly don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I don’t think it will be in my best favor nor am I willing to wait and find out. The process of leaving is unfortunately excruciating, that on the other hand is a whole other topic.