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Morsi toppled by his own failure

George Jackson Salem

Publication: The Day

Published 07/12/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 07/11/2013 04:20 PM

There is a lesson for all politicians in what is happening in Egypt now. Ousted Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi was the first Democratically elected president of that nation, owing his victory to a well-organized Muslim Brotherhood bent on correcting decades of suppression and torture for their beliefs and a fragmented opposition unable to coalesce behind a single other candidate.

The end result was a leader who owed nothing to anyone but his own supporters. Then he and the brotherhood made the same fatal mistake of most leaders, pandering to their own supporters without considering or including those with other political beliefs. The result was a death spiral of the Egyptian economy and growing dissatisfaction from all but the truly hard core supporters.

Leaders must govern from the center.

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