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News Analysis: Egypt forges ahead with future roadmap despite blasts

English.news.cn   2013-12-25 04:44:33            

by Mahmoud Fouly

CAIRO, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Recurrent terrorist attacks on security premises in Egypt are not likely to affect the turnout in the upcoming referendum on the country's newly drafted constitution slated for January 14 and 15, Egyptian observers said.

In the early hours of Tuesday, a thunderous blast hit security headquarters of the Nile Delta governorate of Daqahliya, killing at least 15 and injuring over one hundred.

While all fingers point at supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy that comprises over 30 Islamist parties and groups, including the Brotherhood, condemned the blast and prayed for its victims.

"These attacks, on the contrary, will increase the people's will to go to the polls and vote for the new constitution," Gamal Zahran, political science professor at Port Said University, told Xinhua.

Zahran believes that such "devilish and terrorist activities" will increase the turnout in the referendum on the 2013 constitution to replace the one drafted and approved under Morsi and his Brotherhood group during his one-year rule.

"Any sane people would vote for the new constitution and choose stability and better future over black terrorism and civil war," the professor added.

Terrorist attacks on police and military premises and checkpoints became recurrent since Morsi was removed by the military in early July.

Interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Biblawi said Tuesday that the blast aimed at blocking the country's post-Morsi future roadmap and that his government will face terrorism "decisively," vowing to adopt carrying out the court rulings issued on September 23 and October 9 to halt all the activities of the Brotherhood.

Further, following a meeting with Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim on Tuesday, interim President Adly Mansour assigned them "to take all necessary procedures to achieve the nation's security."

General Nabil Fouad, a strategic sciences professor, also agrees that such terrorist attacks "with their current size" are not likely to affect the turnout in upcoming constitutional referendum.

Fouad, however, believes that security crackdown is not the only way to uproot terrorism. "The political and ideological directions must be side by side with the security solution," the security expert told Xinhua.

He explained that there must be a political way and an ideological approach to settle the ongoing conflict between Morsi' s loyalists and the transitional government.

"Thought cannot be refuted expect by thought," Fouad continued, noting the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups "are part of the Egyptian people that can neither be denied nor annihilated."

He also recommended the Brotherhood to give up their demand of Morsi's reinstatement and realize that the balance of power is in favor of the interim government with its armed forces, police and popular support. "They all must play the game for a win-win situation."

For his part, Saeed Sadeq, a political sociology professor at the American University in Cairo, said that the blast is part of a broad attempt by Morsi's supporters to intimidate people ahead of the referendum.

"If the new constitution is approved, it will represent an official death certificate for Morsi's regime," Sadeq told Xinhua, noting such attacks have been expected as the countdown for the referendum is ticking.

He added that if the turnout in the 2013 constitutional referendum overcomes the 2012 Brotherhood-sponsored one, it would be a blow for Islamists who then would have to give up their demands of Morsi's return.

The professor added that Egypt is facing a regional war "led by Qatar and Turkey" since Morsi's ouster, stressing that "there is foreign support for instability in Egypt."

Editor: yan
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