Twitter users evaluate president Morsi's 100-day plan

Ahram Online, Wednesday 3 Oct 2012

Under the hashtag 'achievements of the first 100 days,' Twitter users scrutinise, hail Morsi's performance during the initial three months of his presidential term

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi addresses members of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey, September 2012 on one his several visits overseas (Photo: AP).

As Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi's first 100 days in office near their end, his 100-day plan remains unfinished, according to most Twitter users expressing opinions on his first three months in office.

Using a hashtag titled "the accomplishments of the first 100 days," the website's users pitch in with brief comments evaluating the progress of the Muslim Brotherhood president's pledges.

Morsi's plan is comprised of five main promises on the issues of sanitation, rubbish, traffic and shortages of bread and fuel.

The five categories are being followed by a website set up by activists dedicated to supervising the new government's performance. The "Morsimeter" site says only four out of 64 steps to resolving the five problem areas have been accomplished.

Commenting more broadly on Morsi's first 100 days, Zeyad Salem lamented: "10 years old kids are held in custody for defaming religions and may face charges," citing Wednesday's incident involving two children in the Upper Egypt governorate of Beni Suef.

Two other Coptic Egyptians were arrested during the past month on the charge of insulting religion due to posts on social networking websites deemed defamatory to Islam, moves many feel are related to the recent ascent of Islamists to power.

Prominent rights activist and lawyer Gamal Eid wrote: "Liberals turn out to be infidels, leftists atheists, nationalists apostates, workers remnants of the old regime, the poor hired thugs."

Participating with sarcasm, Khaled Ahamid said: "At least we found out that the 'Renaissance Project' is theoretical," poking fun at the Muslim Brotherhood's national project, Morsi's presidential programme, which came under scrutiny as vague and ill-defined.

"Egypt has become the official sponsor of terrorism, we imprison activists and release terrorists," said Seif Madian. 

Morsi's decision to release Islamists formerly espousing violence, some who were still serving sentences, drew fiery criticism from many circles.

Other tweets cited accomplishments, countering claims that Morsi failed at achieving anything tangible.

Ahmed Salah pointed to "the release of two groups of politicians and detainees in military prisons while investigations are under way to release others."

In a different tweet, Salah remembered Morsi's abrogation of the constitutional declaration issued by the formerly ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which greatly limited presidential powers. The move was hailed by supporters as ending military rule.

Belal Mohamdein tweeted that Morsi started police campaigns to restore security and arrest thugs and robbers.

Mostafa Ali echoes the feeling of improved security, tweeting that securing public institutions is almost completely transferred to the police after the military had taken over the job during the past year.

The "MorsiMeter" acknowledges certain efforts on the security situation, yet says that Morsi has only accomplished 1 of 17 steps to enhance security, while another six — such as arresting criminals and rehabilitating them — are underway, leaving 10 untouched.

A survey by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research, Baseera, puts approval of the security situation 80 days after Morsi's inauguration at 75 per cent, as opposed to 58 per cent after 60 days.

Striking a sarcastic note, Khalil Gasser Reda claimed Morsi was "honouring Mubarak's military officers and members of (former Interior Minister Habib) El-Adly's Interior Ministry and assuring them they wouldn't be held accountable for past actions."

Many are critical of what they view as Morsi's leniency on police officers, the latter accused of abusing power with impunity during the Mubarak years which were marred by reports of torture and police brutality.

Furthermore, former SCAF head Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and second in command Sami Anan were decorated after Morsi forced their retirement, a move viewed as assuring they would not be held accountable for many violations against protesters by the army under SCAF rule.

Khaled Ahamid mocked decorations, saying one of the 100-day successes was a "safe exit for the military."

Many Twitter users complained that garbage still litters the streets.

Not much attention was directed at fuel, with claim and counterclaim occasionally tweeted arguing whether shortages continued or not.

The new president is now five days away from facing the results of his promises. While some felt some improvements, compared to the past year, others feel no change, or very minor progress, in problems that only appeared very recently, such as that of electricity, and so give the president no credit in solving chronic problems such as a congested traffic or poor public services.

While the Baseera opnion-tracker puts approval for Morsi's performance after 80 days at 80 per cent, there is no obvious consensus that the president has fulfilled — even partially — the first set of promises he chose to stand by.

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