Who Should Govern Egypt?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 8 2012 @ 3:42pm


Daniel Serwer comes out in support of the ex-regime candidate in Egypt's presidential election over the Muslim Brotherhood's champion:

The Egyptian revolution would have done better with a more charismatic, less compromised, more principled leader like Nelson Mandela. But that is not what the tortuous path of its politics over the last year and a half has produced. Better a divided government under Shafiq than a deeply Islamist government under Morsi.

Hassan Malik makes the case for the Brotherhood's candidate:

[A] Morsi administration, which looks increasingly likely, may not be a bad outcome after all; it may even be the best option from the perspective of financial markets. The Brotherhood draws significant support from property-owning professionals and businessmen, and is sensitive to their needs. Indeed, the group’s first-choice candidate, Khairat el-Shater, is a multimillionaire businessman who was disqualified at the last minute on a legal technicality, and the party has also taken on internationally respected development economist Hernando de Soto as an adviser on economic reforms. All of this suggests that the Brotherhood is more interested in Turkish-style pious capitalism along the lines promoted by the AK Party than in the Muslim theocracy peddled by the Taliban.

(Photo: An Egyptian man holds an Arabic sign while demonstrating in Cairo's Tahrir square on May 29, 2012. Writing reads: 'The revolution continues… No to candidates from the old regime…No to the Muslim Brotherhood….STOP'. By Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images.)