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Egypt undergoing a conflict between past and future: Higazy

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Strategic adviser to the interim president, Mostafa Higazy, said that the number of “terrorists in Sinai” increased from 1,000 to 12,000 under Morsi

Mostafa Higazy, interim president’s strategic advisor, said that the number of “terrorists” in Sinai increased from 1000 to 12000 during former President Mohamed Morsi’s year in power  (Photo Public domain)

Mostafa Higazy, interim president’s strategic advisor, said that the number of “terrorists” in Sinai increased from 1000 to 12000 during former President Mohamed Morsi’s year in power
(Photo Public domain)

Egypt is currently experiencing a conflict between past and future, with 30 June an extension for 25 January Revolution, said strategic adviser to the interim president Mostafa Higazy, in an interview with El Hayah El Youm (Life Today) talk show on Sunday.

Higazy said that the number of “terrorists” located in the Sinai Peninsula increased during former president Mohamed Morsi’s reign from 1,000 to 12,000.

According to the adviser, the presidency is not “a variable in any political equation” adding that the institution needs restructuring, “like every other state institution.”

Higazy added that “a state cannot build a strong economy without a strong political and societal basis” adding that the “national consensus of executing the post-30 June roadmap as soon as possible” will create a suitable political base for economic development.

The president’s strategic adviser said that the attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood to stop the Constituent Assembly and the process of writing a new constitution “will not be successful”, adding that “the Egyptian people are the ones who will stand against those attempts.” He added that the Constituent Assembly’s members were chosen from across the entire spectrum of society. Higazy also said that the Brotherhood used the terms of “military junta” and “the return of Mubarak’s regime” as “scare tactics for Egyptian people.”

Regarding the Islamist Al-Nour Party’s political participation, Higazy said that if it “wants to engage politically, they will have to present a programme to solve citizens’ daily problems”. He added that the party should nominate people for positions based on their qualifications, not for the sake of political rivalry.

Higazy described the attempt to assassinate Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim as “an attempt to put hurdles in front of the roadmap.” He insisted that the wave of terrorism “will not continue, as the whole Egyptian society is lining against it.”

He added that the state should regain its prestige so that the citizens would feel secure “under the rule of law that respects human rights.”

Higazy was chosen as the strategic adviser to the interim president Adly Mansour after the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi on 3 June 2013.

  • Reda Sobky

    How about leadership

    ? Where is Egypt’s leadership to come from? Does it always have to come from the army? Although George Washington was “from the army”, Charles DeGaul …etc came from army backgrounds, everybody was hoping for leadership from another source, now it appears unlikely somebody could come to the fore in the short time, I think it is something you should think of seriously in terms of helping put together a modern political administration that can survive for centuries and serve the society well, not just this time but going forward. Is it possible for those who were sympathetic to the deposed to participate under a new banner that affirms equal access for all conservative or liberal in this the Third Republic.

  • Sammyb

    Reda, Egypt has never known democracy, King Farouk was swiftly removed(coup style) by Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1952, and so the ruling parties were army folks all the way to Mr. Mubarak. At this point, I feel democracy will not work because the Islamic religion which is deeply rooted. I am saddened to say that Egyptian people are in love with the army and they have full faith in the institution, therefore, General Sisi is well suited for the presidency, he loves his country and he will do well for his people and will be a friend of the international community. He may not want the job!

  • maraegypt

    Unfortunately for Egypt they have just joined the rest of the world – in the sense that we all live with terrorism – job now is to educate the Egyptian people, shopkeepers, etc. in how to spot things out of the ordinary, unattended bags/packages etc. and report them – more importantly to realise Egypt is NEVER going to get back to the utopian (in one sense) state of security of the Mubarak era when you didn’t even have to worry about a bag snatch much less a terrorist! Have to acknowledge this, live with it and get on with normal life. Case in point – nobody promoting Luxor to tourists since 2011 and little or nothing has happened here so what’s the problem?

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