For a country that is known for its history, it's not a surprise when it is in present day headlines continuing its history making legacy but this is not the pyramid building, ancient hieroglyphics Egypt we learned about in history class, yet, there is a whole new picture associated with the country today.
Over a year ago, the whole world watched a revolution take place and rooted along, encouraging the Egyptians to overthrow the Mubarak government. The country had reached its highest percentage of poverty and unemployment. With a serious shortage of jobs due to privatization of companies and the unbearable costs of food and resources, poverty had increased and struck more than half of Egypt’s 80 million citizens. The Egyptian people couldn’t handle this injustice way the government was treating them so they revolted against them, and well, what more can you expect from a country whose ancestors were pharos? They longed to have the right to vote for a new president, hoping for change and a more fair system, believing that Egypt could have a bright future. Just a couple of days ago, Egypt made history one more time with their second ever two-candidate presidential election while it also being the very first election after the revolution. These candidates, Ahmed Shafik and Mohammad Morsi, have a lot of pressure on them once they are elected and for once, the pressure is not from other officials but from the Egyptian citizens who will not stay quiet if things in their country do not change.
To avoid being overthrown, whoever of the two elected must make some changes. He will have to start with improving the job crisis, then expressing the importance of religious tolerance and unity, and most importantly stop incoming money from the World Bank and IMF because the 70 billion that the Mubarak family had swept away all these years could definitely be used to help shape Egypt’s economy and actually aid people.
As the first rounds of elections have finished, the second rounds and final announcement in June will be the beginning of Egypt writing a new chapter in its history book. This will be Egypt’s most important president up to date and he has much on his plate. Will he be able to play the part and deliver the justice the Egyptian people fought so hard for? We can only hope for the brighter future for this country- oh, and good luck Mr. Future Egyptian president. Good luck.