Local Resident Responds to Upheaval in Egypt

Jul 5, 2013

The country of Egypt could now see "real" democracy. That's according to Brighton resident Ahmed Eid. 

Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets of Cairo on Friday calling for his restoration to the presidency. However, Eid says the overthrowing of Morsi is a step in the right direction for the country having a fair democratic process.

"Believe it or not, I was having a lot of concern about the presidency of Morsi," Eid says. "But now I think we are going to go forward. I am 100 percent sure about that."

Eid says he's been in close contact with his family members in Egypt as events have been unfolding, many of whom participated in the mass protests against Morsi in Cairo this week.

Eid says he's confident there will be a more fair and democratic election next year, for a permanent replacement of Morsi.

"The first election was not a real election. There was no democracy, and all my family was there. They were waiting in line for 6 hours," Eid says before they were told to go home  by officials because voting was over.

Moving forward, Eid says he's confident Egypt would be better off, in one year, without Morsi than before the 30-year reign of Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown in 2011.

Interim President Adly Mansour dissolved Egypt’s upper house of parliament on Friday.