by Marwa Yahia
CAIRO, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- As Egypt marks on Friday the second anniversary of the unrest that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak and brought an Islamist president for the first time in its history, analysts say the upheaval brought both negative and positive influence on the country and it is still too early to determine and evaluate the results of it.
On Jan. 25, 2011, unprecedented massive demonstrations flooded Egyptian squares calling for better living condition and greater rights.
Recently, more than 36 political movements called for another mass anti-government protests on the upcoming second anniversary of the unrest due to "the little achievement of the new government. "
Mohamed Abdel-Salam, an economic science professor at Cairo University, told Xinhua that the uprising had very negative effect on the poor people and it negatively affected the security conditions, traffic, food and gas supply in Egypt due to continuous protests and sit-ins.
Meanwhile, Mohamed al-Saeed Edris, a political expert at Al- Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said the upheaval failed to achieve its objectives and the political life had been crystallized for the sake of one party, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated with President Morsi.
"The celebration of the second anniversary could be a second wave of the uprising," said Edris, hoping the government would be wise in responding to the people's demands and be able to control the intended anti-Morsi protests.
However, on the other hand, Edris also believed that despite the great challenges created by the uprising, it came out with a new generation that would not accept corrupt practices.
Also, Salah Salem, a political science professor at Cairo University, said that "Egypt has moved forward on the path to democracy. Egyptians have passed through three elections and two referendums in two years, which proved their capabilities for choosing via ballot boxes."
For his part, Ayman Abdel-Wahhab, a researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said "It is normal for countries that have experienced upheaval to pass through obstacles on its way toward democratic transition."
"Real political balance is necessary to stabilize the country," he added, urging the Islamist ruling party to realize that strong opposition would help create the aspired political balance.
Abdel-Wahhab also said that among the positive aspects of the uprising was that many new political alliances and parties had been established to nourish the Egyptian political environment and create a healthy multi-party system.
As a conclusion, Abdel-Salam noted that "It is unfair to evaluate the results of the uprising too early as it's a difficult task to make a total shift in societies experiencing turmoil and chaos."