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Warning from Egypt: don't throw away your democracy - it's hard to get back

Perhaps at first glance you may not think there are any similarities between Bangkok and Cairo but after years of political conflict in Thailand, Egypt is not too dissimilar from Thailand in terms of the military, as the military of both countries claimed that they did not orchestrate a coup.

The military of both countries said the same thing - they had to act because the respective countries risked becoming a failed state if they didn't. The government would be unable to administer the country. And although seven years have passed since the Thai military intervened, the country still suffers from conflicts that impact on the economy. But it remains a hub for tourists, and some 25 million tourists will come to the Land of Smiles this year.

Back to the Egyptian case. On June 30, three years will have passed since the January 25, 2011 revolution but it seems that the violence and conflict remain the same.

Both countries tried to copy the democratic system from the West without understanding the meaning of real democracy. As far as democracy is concerned, the developed countries apparently depend on culture, politics and education.

Egypt failed because we never had the proper democratic and electoral systems in place that developed countries have. Instead of arresting all the Muslim Brotherhood and Justice Party members and isolating them from Egypt's political game, it's the role of the current government to start a new page and reconcile with all Egyptians.

Take the advice of Bangkok Pundit's (BP) blog: "One lesson we learned from Thailand was that the coup didn't dent Thaksin's popularity."

In fact, BP argued that the coup actually increased Thaksin's popularity. It is undeniable that all parties want the chair and the source of power without working for the sake of citizens. And it is not easy to retrieve democracy.

Hossam El-Wakil


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