President Mohammad Morsi of Egypt should scrap his tough guy image and appetite for power grabs. In canceling the decree that gave him sweeping powers, he took a step in the right direction tonight. But he is not out of the political woods yet. He should show that he cares more about Egypt than he cares about his own power. If not, his days are numbered, and Egypt’s future is in danger.
Army rule and authoritarianism lurk in the shadows. Military circles are already rumbling. If Morsi threatens to enforce marshal law in future, he will only hasten his own decline. Yes, the opposition are a cantankerous and obstructionist bunch of losers, but it was Morsi who handed them a cause and made them look like winners.
First Morsi should get the word out to the opposition that he is serious about forming a government of national unity. He should give people like Egypt’s Conference party leader Amr Moussa, Constitution party founder Mohamed ElBaradei, and other key figures positions in his cabinet and use them optimally. ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, should be given a ministerial position to fast-track science and technology development so that Egypt can compete with India and China and create jobs. Moussa, former Egyptian foreign minister and past Arab League head, could be given the health ministry.