Topic: Egypt—Politics Today, Yesterday and the Future. January and February seem to be months filled with heightened political activity in Egypt in recent years. It was after all on February 11, 2011 that Hosni Mubarak fell from power due to a popular uprising which commemorates its beginnings on January 25, 2011. In January 2015 an appeals court in Egypt threw out of the corruption charges against former President Hosni Mubarak, thus the former leader and other members of his regime continue to win charges brought against them after their fall. But the leader of the Freedom and Justice Party—Mohammed Morsi who was democratically elected in June 2012 following the uprising and was then ousted in July 2013 by the military headed by then-Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi—remains in jail, and today February 25, Mohammed Morsi was in court facing various charges. Sissi is now president having been elected in May 2014. On the anniversary of the January 25, 2011 Uprising the government arrested over 500 Muslim Brotherhood supporters which appears to be part of a continued crackdown of the banned Brotherhood and others since the coup against the Mohammed Morsi. Today Africa Now! will attempt to contextualize the politics of Egypt—connecting the present with the past and how it affects the future with Dr. Mervat Hatem.
Dr. Mervat Hatem is professor of Political Science at Howard University in Washington, DC, where she focuses on International relations and the comparative politics of the Middle East. Dr. Hatem is the author of book Literature, Gender and Nation-Building in Nineteenth Century Egypt: the Life and Works of ‘A’isha Taymur (1840-1902, New York: Palgrave-Macmillan (2011). She has published a number of chapters in books and articles in a variety of scholarly journals.
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