Egypt Observes 3rd Year Anniversary of Revolution

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Although all is not well as expected after toppling Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Arab Republic of Egypt has proudly commemorated its third year of revolution on January 25, 2014.

Citizens of Egypt having felt the “dictatorial regime” of Hosni Mubarak for over 30 years took to the street at Tahrir Square in Cairo and called on the President to resign his post.

After months of resistance against his regime, President Mubarak relinquished his post and was subsequently taken to court to be tried for alleged human rights abuses in that country.

Speaking during a very brief reception marking the observance of the day at his residential compound, Egyptian Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Sameh Lotfi acknowledged that during Mubarak’s regime, there were many negative aspects of his country’s society; and therefore a change was needed.

Before and during the revolution, Ambassador Lotfi stressed that there were many innocent victims of the Egyptian revolution who needed some time to treat their wounds, assuring, “Egypt is better now, and will be much better in the near future.”

“I am not talking about optimism or pessimism.  I am talking about facts.  We are now more secure, we have a very strong and professional police organization that deals with partiality, integrity, and neutrality with all parties,” he asserted.

He added that the celebration was also in commemoration of the annual day of Egyptian Police whose sacrifices and devotion have been demonstrated over the years.

Ambassador Lotfi also told all of the ambassadors and government officials that attended the occasion that, presently, Egypt has a balanced constitution and the government respects human rights.

He furthered that preparations are underway to have an elected president and parliament, noting that the world knows everything about Egypt and would judge the end of its current activities.

Speaking on behalf of the Liberian Government, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sylvester Grigsby said the aftermath of revolution usually sets into motion processes of social scrimmages and dissolution.

He said amidst these situations, it requires the collective will of body politic (The people of a politically organized nation or state considered as a group) to ensure that these processes result in integration and stability for progress and development.

Recalling Liberia’s years of turbulence, Minister Grigsby intoned that Liberians have to appreciate the Egyptian people’s yearning for democracy.

He said as a result of the struggle for democracy in Egypt, a new constitution has been adopted. Minister Grigsby also expressed sympathy on behalf of Liberia to the people of Egypt for the loss of lives suffered during the period of the revolution.

He recalled that Egypt’s cradle of civilization impacted Africa and the world over, and its (Egypt) relationship with Liberia is highly recognized by citizens of the country (Liberia).

Egypt is on record for sending medical doctors to assist Liberia in the healthcare delivery system and for providing scholarships for Liberian students to study there.

Meanwhile, instability still looms over Egypt as the country celebrates its third year of revolutionary success.

Since the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood Leader Mohammed Morsi last year, there have been a series of violent demonstrations and clashes with the police and military.

A day to January 25 there were four bomb blasts in Cairo, killing 49 persons and leaving infrastructure damaged.   

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