The Final Countdown: ‘Morsi Meter’ clock ticking for Egypt’s president


The clock is ticking for Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi.

With only 39 days left to tick off more than 60 pledges he promised to fulfill during his first 100 days in office, time is running out. And the premier is being closely observed.

The website that has been monitoring Murst’s performance since his first day in office, said only three of 64 pledges made during his electoral campaign has been so far implemented.

The website “Morsi Meter,” which scrutinizes the 100-day plan Mursi put forward to the Egyptian people before the elections, reported that during the first 61 days only three pledges have been fulfilled:

1. Promoting and rewarding police officers who prove to have played a major role in restoring law and order in their areas.

2. The removal of objects blocking roads and pathways.

3. Launching campaigns to spread awareness about a clean environment in the country. One campaign launched by Mursi has been named “A clean homeland.”

The “Morsi Meter” plan was made up of five categories, monitoring the premier’s initiatives on traffic, security, fuel, bread and the country’s environmental cleanliness. Under each category, a series of solutions were proposed to solve the problem. All those solutions are supposed to be implemented by the end of the president’s first 100 days.

So far, Mursi’s initiative to reward police forces, has been the only ticked-off pledge under the security category. Other promises in the category include combating cases of thuggery across the country, which have largely erupted since the mass uprising in 2011, and launching a project for the rehabilitation of criminals.

In the “cleanliness” category, at the start of August the President managed to launch a media campaign to raise awareness on the topic and gave Friday sermons in which he instigated youths across Egypt to take part in cleaning the streets.

In the talks, Mursi would also alert his listeners to the “sin” of harming fellow citizens when throwing garbage in the street.

The president, the website added, has so far failed in solving the bread problem in Egypt, where subsidized bread is part of making ends meet. None of the solutions, like increasing productivity, improving the quality of bread, raising bakers’ salaries and supporting main bakeries, have been implemented.

As for fuel, Mursi had vowed to penalize all those involved in smuggling fuel and thus causing shortage as well as rewarding gas stations with the best record in serving customers and employee bonuses. He has also promised a delivery service of butane gas cylinders, forming monitoring teams to accompany fuel tanks from warehouses to gas stations. These pledges are yet to take shape.

“Morsi Meter” was modeled after “Obama Meter” (also called Obameter), which made a list of around 500 promises the American President made during his campaign and started tracking them one by one in order to evaluate his performance.

“Obameter” divides promises into pending and completed. In the pending category, the status of each promise is “not yet rated,” “in the works,” or “stalled.” The completed category does not mean that the promise was kept, but rather its status has been determined. This includes “promise kept,” “promise broken,” and “compromise.”

Meanwhile Mursi, with 39 days to go until “Morsi Meter” gives its final verdict, perhaps is finding it tricky to live up to all the 64 promises he once made to the Egyptians.