#Egypt’s_economy may drive #Morsi power grab

How should we understand the apparently erratic behavior of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi? In September, he seemed an unreliable ally, if an ally at all, after his tardy and diffident response to mob attacks on America’s Cairo embassy. Morsi rose sharply in Western esteem after the November 21 Gaza ceasefire, only to earn the world’s opprobrium by asserting dictatorial powers on November 23. Tahrir Square was filled with demonstrators for a seventh day at this writing and members of Morsi’s cabinet have broken with the president’s attempt to eliminate judicial review of executive actions.

It is possible that the Egyptian leader has a Jeykll-and-Hyde political personality, to be sure. But it is also possible that the exigent circumstances of Egyptian governance have pushed Morsi towards risky postures. In this reading, Egypt’s present crisis is less a black comedy than a tragedy in which all available choices lead to a bad outcome. …

Rather than viewing the political crisis in Egypt as a diversion on the road to a national consensus on a painful austerity budget, we might view the crisis as prelude to a national crackup over insoluble economic problems. Nothing we have observed in the past two months inspires confidence that Egypt is governable by Mohammed Morsi’s Islamists, or indeed by any competing regime.

http://times247.com/articles/explaining-morsi-s-flip-flops

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