Egypt is, beyond question, achieving concrete qualitative leaps in various fields. A clear example of this was the significant progress Egypt made on the security level, especially after terrorist groups, near and far, had violated the Egyptian scene. Terrorists had controlled Northern Sinai, and this beloved spot of our homeland became a magnet for extremists from all over the world. However, security bodies regained control and managed to encounter the terrorists’ danger in a way that achieved security for the average Egyptian citizen. Eventually, the terrorist cells, which dominated areas of our homeland, were dismantled. Security bodies succeeded in combating the remains of the Brotherhood group and its supporters inside the state institutions, on top of which was the electricity sector.
Egypt is also setting up major national projects that will lead to a boom in the Egyptian economy, such as the Suez Canal axis project, Qattara Depression and developing the Northwest coast. Those projects endorsed national sentiments, and people began to believe in the abilities of the Egyptian state. Egypt started to examine several international models for countries who have succeeded in developing their economy, and maybe the Brazilian model was the closest to us. That is why, President Al-Sisi’s upcoming visit to Brazil is a sign to start making use of the Brazilian model of sustainable development.
Egypt is also now enjoying a genuine democratic atmosphere as political parties are operating freely to enhance their existence on the streets. No restrictions are imposed on parties and no limits to their activities on the streets. The president does not belong to a party in particular, and there is no place in Egypt for a party with an overwhelming majority, especially after dissolving the National Democratic and Freedom and Justice Parties. The atmosphere in Egypt allows political freedom and the security bodies do not interfere in the private media’s business. If some private media support the government, they do so because they believe in the Egyptian state and think that backing state institutions is necessary at this transitional period.
The Egyptian state has unlocked its potential and started moving ahead again in the right direction, so it was only logical that it began to play its regional role once again. The country has gone through a period of weakness which made it a hotbed for extremists and enemy regional powers. Egypt detached itself from the outside world trying to heal its wounds, which was a great chance for some regional and international security bodies to wreak havoc on our soil. Those security bodies found perfect support in the Brotherhood group, which betrayed Egypt and revealed its secrets.
The state started to stand on its feet again since the 30 June revolution 2013 and kicked out those who were meddling in the country’s affairs. It won back its leading regional role and that was clear in concluding the truce deal between Israel and Gaza and hosting the meeting of neighbouring countries to support Libya that achieved a broad consensus.
Despite all these positive signs which boosted the morale of Egyptians, there is a group of people still crying the blues and lamenting the loss of democracy, lack of freedom and the violation of human rights. I simply call this group “the whining camp”.
Emad Gad is vice president of Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies.