The Arab Spring : The Failing Strive For Democracy

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Abdulaziz Alsheikh English Essay # 2 The Arab Spring: The Failing Strive For Democracy The Arab Spring was a series of pro-democracy protests and manifestations across the Middle East and North Africa, which started the winter of 2010 (BBC, 2014). Many people rose up, standing against the dictatorial and autocratic regimes that had ruled their home countries for many years. The goals of the Arab uprisings were clear (Walker & Tucker, 2011). The revolutions aimed to shift their countries to democratic nations with suitable political, social and economic reforms (Walker & Tucker, 2011). The consequences of the Arab Spring differed from one country to another. However, the Arab Spring’s general outcomes did not live up to the expectations of the revolutions. The consequences could be qualified as failures or temporarily pending. In this essay, I will address the consequences of the Arab Spring in Egypt and Syria, comparing and contrasting both countries both during and after the uprisings. Egypt’s revolution did not live up to the expectations of its people. Egypt experienced mass protests in February 2011 (Berman, 2013). As a result, former president Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign. Following his resignation, the Egyptian military assumed temporary presidential powers. At the meantime, Egypt was witnessing its very first democratic elections (Berman, 2013). The latter saw the overwhelming victory of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood’s Party, electing Mohamed

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