Political Leadership Goes WE – Question 2

Looking at the current situation in your country and the key challenges your country is facing, what role does political leadership play? Is it more part of the problem or part of the solution?

María Paula Romo: Leaders are both part of the problem and part of the solution. Their behavior and attitude may – and must be! – part of the solution, despite the fact that they might well create some conflicts on their way to achieving it. I believe that political issues have much in common with pedagogy; this is why a political leader must become an example to emulate through his democratic, honest and considerate practices.

Georgi Kamov: It’s both – and I think this is the same anywhere you go. Political leadership is necessary in order to push reforms forward. It is also necessary for the opposition in order to counterbalance the ruling government. On the other hand, it is also part of the problem – the problem of transition, or, more precisely, the lack of it. The ruling elites of 20 years ago still manage to hold on to power, turning political leadership into political “steering”-ship. This makes the rise of fresh, unbiased leaders a real problem.

Ibrahim Hegazy: The first and main role of political leadership in Egypt after the 25th of January Revolution is to rebuild the lost trust between the people and the “Nezam” (Arabic for the political system as represented by the government). The second role of political leadership is to communicate a swift, concrete and detailed roadmap for the implementation of the promises the new political leadership is making in response to the Revolution’s demands. These promises are derived from a new process of listening to the voices and demands of different social and economic sectors in Egypt in an attempt to regain the lost trust. The third role of political leadership is to combat the huge and unbelievably cancerous levels of corruption that are now surfacing in Egypt. The fourth role is to calm different economic sectors by responding to the different demands now presented in every governorate in the form of demonstrations and sectarian civil strikes. The fifth role is to bring back social justice by reducing the huge gap between rich and poor sectors in Egyptian society. As the new political leadership has been appointed based on the advice and recommendations of the young people leading the 25th of January Revolution, it should be considered as part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Blerta Selenica: In my country, Albania, it seems that most political leaders share the same vision of integrating the country in the EU as a factor of stability and security in the region, through membership in NATO – which has already been achieved – and other international organizations. Even so, key administrative reforms are sometimes blocked or slowed down through unproductive political debate in parliament and unneeded conflict situations that impede reasonable compromise.

Martín Arévalo de Léon: Political leadership in Guatemala is focused on personal and group interests rather than on national issues and challenges. Most political parties are formed around strongmen and do not promote internal democratic processes. Offices are always filled in line with the leader’s interests or with the sums of money individuals donate to the party. Political vision is always fixed on day to day issues rather than on strategic actions to bring about development or economic and social growth. In general, political parties are part of the problem since they do not fulfill the intermediary role between society and state. They are only active during electoral processes and do not really respond to.

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