It will be tricky in Egypt this summer – but one wonders if the government realizes that, let alone will do what it is needed to get the country through it without problems.
Increased financial demands in a country that has a worsening economy, which see no signs of recovery in the short term, can only mean one thing: Egypt will be particularly flammable this summer.Dr. H.A. Hellyer
The country is already in a rather awkward situation. There is, of course, the intensification of long-running political polarization – the different parts of the political elite that are opposed to President Mursi’s government. That ranges from the forces within the National Salvation Front, to formerly pro-Mursi forces like the Salafi al-Nour party, to the non-NSF and continually critical forces like Strong Egypt (founded by Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh). It’s increasingly difficult to find, frankly, political parties that are not opposed to President Mursi, other than his own Freedom and Justice party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. There are some exceptions, such as the ‘Centrist’ party, which some previously hoped would be a progressive Islamist/post-Islamist force after the January 25th uprising – its stance in more or less constant support of President Mursi’s government has dashed that thus far.