Sarah-Leigh Elago: Evaluating Five Arguments of the Mauritius Youth Parliament Session 3

The Revolution

  • Samuel spoke about the first and second revolution in his home country of Egypt. The first revolution was mostly religion based as it was headed by the Islamic brotherhood, and the second one was military motivated. Now, I could not help but to notice how the first revolution had more bloodshed. Because, according to Samuel “over 700 people were dying in a day at the hands of the Islamic Brotherhood.” This boils back to the essence of religion. I kept asking myself why more people died during a religion based “Revolution” then the military motivated “Revolution”. These are my thesis;
  • I would start off by defining “El Revolucion”, and how it can affect the economy of the country. According to Wikipedia, A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, “a turnaround”) is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. Aristotle described two types of political revolution: Complete change from one constitution to another. 2. Modification of an existing constitution. In other words, someone rises to the occasion of creating a shift in power and constitution. Currently, the status quo is very much the same after two very different revolutions. Not much change has taken place, as Egypt is still in conflict. Samuel was honest enough to say that “Nobody really cares about the aftermath of these revolutions.” Also, proving that inasmuch as a citizen knows their power, few plan for what happen after the revolution ends.
  • Secondly, the need of violence in revolutions is a reality that has left many people died, a nation in distress and the economy down. Violence should not be condoned as the case in Afrika. Hundreds and thousands of people lost their lives but bodies like the AU are quiet on the matter. Is it because northern Afrika regards itself more Middle Eastern then Afrikan? The biggest reason raised was that northern Afrika relates with Middle Eastern due to the religion shared. Again, the religion factor has proven over and over how dividing and dangerous it can be.
  • According to Doaa S. Abdou*, Zeinab Zaazou’s “THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION AND POST SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT 2013, The Egyptian revolution carries a challenging transition phase, starting out with problems such as low foreign direct investments (FDI), a high budget deficit, a high debt rate, a high unemployment rate, a high poverty rate, and a low standard of living. In addition, the budget deficit is expected to rise from 8.1% in 2009/10 close to 10% in 2010/11, as the interim government boosts spending to offset the impact of the political unrest. The temporary supply shortages that followed the upheaval, coupled with rising international prices of food and fuel have been adding to the pressure on the domestic price level since early 2011. Thus the inflation rate is expected to increase from 11.7% in 2009/10 to 13.4% in 2010/11. This paper tries to answer the following questions: How long will the transition period last? What are the drastic impacts on the political/economic conditions (after revolution), and also the social/sociological environment in Egypt? And what about these impacts within the governance framework? What effect does all that have on neighborhood countries? At last, what are the solutions and remedies that can be suggested to overcome this period and start a new flourishing era? We are aiming to tackle these important topics and examine them through theoretical and descriptive study, hoping to come up with adequate answers and solutions.” These aftermaths are clearly evident 2 years after both revolutions.
  • Lastly, has the world legitimized violence via political enthused acts? I argue that in most parts of the world, YES! The world has witness numerous violent attacks that were religious based and of course politically enthused. Nigeria, France, Egypt, Burundi, Libya and South Afrika have seen the violence that is accompanied with “El Revolucion” yet nobody denounced it. When is it okay to okay violence and when is it not?

After my evaluation, I realize there is still so much to be done in conflict resolution for Afrika and the world at large. Also, successions plans ought to be a must to ensure a smooth transaction of power.

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Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

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