In an interview with Focus Washington, Will Dempster – Vice President of Qorvis Geopolitical Solutions – discussed how corruption and a failure to provide basic public services fueled unprecedented opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt.
Qorvis GPS VP: Ending Brotherhood incitement and invigorating economy will move Egypt forward
Will Dempster, Vice President of Qorvis Geopolitical Solutions, said that since the Morsi regime, a narrow sectarian agenda had helped only a select group. And the Egyptians are fed up.
“What you were seeing is a lot of political nepotism for members of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Dempster said. “As a result, you really saw government services degrade over their time in office to the point where electricity wasn’t working, there was no running water, people were running out of diesel fuel and everybody was really quite fed up with it.”
Dempster believes Egyptians are striving for a working economy, and a government that focuses on the people and expanding liberty rather than contracting it.
Dempster added that unfortunately he does not predict a consensus in Congress on how the United States should be aiding Egypt. He sees American and Egyptian interests as intertwined, because it is within both American and Egyptian interests for the interim Egyptian government to succeed in creating jobs, increasing opportunities and instating religious freedom. Dempster reflected the Muslim Brotherhood did not succeed in bringing these needs to the Egyptian people, and discussed the role the Muslim Brotherhood should have in the future of political development.
“The Muslim Brotherhood needs to ensure and convince the Egyptian people and the international community that they can play a constructive role in the future of Egypt,” said Dempster. “They have a long way to go in order to do so.”
In terms of what the interim government needs to do, Dempster believes a process including all segments of the Egyptian population is best.
“I think it’s in everybody’s expectation that over a certain period of time, progress is made to where they can move back to free and fair democratic elections again in the future,” Dempster said. “Democracy doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a long time.”