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This article, written by Amanda Rogers, appeared on Muftah on July 16,2012
On June 20, 2012, Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced that results of the presidential electoral campaign would be delayed indefinitely. This news came six days after SCAF’s dissolution of the Egyptian Parliament. These maneuvers, understandably, raised fears among many of a military coup or a blood-soaked, renewed revolution—this time, with Islamists at the helm. Enter “the Algerian scenario,” in which many observers feared military-backed (and former regime strong-man) Ahmed Shafik would be imposed on citizens whose popular support had fallen to Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
This doomsday theory presupposed that Egypt would suffer a repeat of the violence that rocked Algeria in the wake of the 1992 election cancellation. Twenty years ago, following the decision of Algeria’s third president, Chadli Benjedid, to usher in an era of pluralistic reforms, the National Liberation Front (the country’s deeply entrenched ruling party), backed by the Algerian military, seized power over fears of the rising power of the democratically elected Islamist movement, the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), led by Abassi Madani and Ali Benhadj.
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