Protests played a big role in Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi slowing his dictatorial powers roll
William Weston, a sociology professor and moderate Democrat, is hopeful about the Arab Spring's role in breaking the Islamic world's anti-democratic tradition: "When an Islamist, Mohammed Morsi, was elected president after
the overthrow of the dictator, many were worried. That he represents the
Muslim Brotherhood, which had assassinated the previous president for
making peace with Israel, was even scarier. However, I remain hopeful
that having political responsibility will make the Muslim Brotherhood a
more responsible and normal political party. I was very distressed, therefore, when President Morsi proclaimed dictatorial powers. The oppressed imitate their oppressors. However, there was broad and sustained resistance in Egypt to Morsi's dictatorship. Today, responding to the protests, Morsi annulled the decree giving him dictatorial power."