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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #258 (Feb) - Middle East, The glorious Egyptian army (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:12:56 +0200

Participation in Egyptian parliamentary elections in autumn 2015 was very low. It reflects the consciousness of the people to the ineffectiveness of urns face corrupt governments that protect their political and economic interests. ---- After the presidential "elections" of 2014, during which the polling stations remained deserted, the same scenario is repeated for the "elections" Parliamentarians that took place in October and November, despite appeals to the general vote and the media. ---- It is true that the generals have no need to hold parliamentary elections, to the extent that no domestic political force grows them, and some politicians have even said that a parliament would threaten the Chief of Sissi. They do not have to worry about either international pressure. France has no problem fiddling with a president without a parliament to sell gusts (phew, a buyer!), And Germany hosted in large pump Sissi in June ...
These elections have known or big meetings, which constitute a well-established tradition in Egypt, nor crowds chanting for their candidate. The participation rate was 0.6% to 2.7%, which did not prevent the High Elections Committee to announce a 27%.

Candidates were not left behind in this farce: the list For the Love of Egypt, headed by Sameh Seif Al-yazal (which is intelligence officer and regional director of security firm G4S) gathered, former Mubarak party to police retirees, with the program to reduce the powers of the future parliament.

The economic disaster

The economy of the countless structural weaknesses, which constitute an almost insurmountable obstacle preventing the establishment of a minimum of public services. While the military control over 45% of the Egyptian economy, no trace of a tax repayment, nor control, nor customs duties or anything that can be likened to a "normal" operation . The rest of the economy is ruled by corruption, and again, the lack of control is total. Add to this the informal sector (over 6 million street vendors). Finally, the state is the largest employer in the country with (5 million civil servants, not including the police and the army).

We understand that in this situation, the balance is difficult to maintain, especially in addition to that the loyalty of the officers and judges bill dear to the state. The latter is also unable to have enough foreign reserves: this is due in part to a paralyzed tourism as well as the continued decline in Suez Canal revenues. Faced with this situation, the army continues to protect ferociously its predation on the economy.

This will give nothing to their privileges and continue to trim down the economy weakens even more the alliance of the army with men of civil affairs. The latter, thanks to the media, helped Sissi to the coup of July 2013.

The indifference and contempt seem to be the answer of the Egyptians and all current Egyptian political games. Avoid the bloodshed is still the main reason for the absence of challenge. This can not last forever, and it is likely that few will punctuate " peaceful, peaceful " to the next popular uprising!

Yasser Abdelkawy, MSL (Egypt), translated from Arabic by Marouane Taharouri

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