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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took to state TV Wednesday to announce that President Mohammed Morsi has been removed from office.

A government of “technocrats” led by the head of the country’s Judicial Council will rule the country temporarily as the Constitution is suspended and new elections are planned, al-Sisi announced.

His words were greeted with an eruption of cheers from protesters gathered around Tahrir Square, along with fireworks. Morsi’s brief term in office was marked by upheaval and reports of violence against Coptic Christians. The military had given the president 48 hours to resolve the crisis and in his speech al-Sisi stated that Morsi had backed out of reconciliation at the last moment.

Morsi’s followers are enraged by the military’s actions, though a continuing role for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptian politics does seem likely.

“For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: military coup,” Essam al-Haddad, Morsi’s national security advisor, said in a statement on Facebook.



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  • charleo1

    Military Coup? Technically, yes. However, one could make a fair case, for the
    military’s intervention. When other institutions of government are at total fail, the
    alternative, it seems to me, is collapse of the economy, and disintegration of all
    order into chaos. It’s what one would expect, when the overwhelming number of
    Egyptians wanted a secular democracy. But were presented with a choice for
    President, that included either the right hand man of Mubarak’s brutal dictatorship.
    Or, the theocracy represented by Morsi, and The Muslim Brotherhood. That would
    be the equivalent here, of choosing between say, Ted Cruz, and Franklin Graham.
    Of course, we can guess what Morsi, and the Muslims, have been spending their
    time doing, as the economy slowly collapses. They have been working tirelessly on
    establishing an Islamic State. Enacting their brand of morality, to control the people
    of Egypt, by enacting a regimen of laws dictating what is, and what is not, permissible social behavior. What would you bet, those laws forbid homosexuality, and abortion?

    • John Pigg

      Who cares, getting what you voted for is a fundamental aspect of a Democracy. Its a bad precedent to set that whenever we don’t like our elected officials we can appeal to the military to intervene.

      Democracies allow their elected officials to complete their terms of office and allow people to vote on their merits.

      Had the Egyptian people waited they would have been in a position to elect a strong moderate liberal. Now whatever moderate or liberal who becomes the next President will have to worry constantly about military intervention. And attempt to accomplish the long and arduous process of wrestling the state away from the military.

      There is no excuse for a military coup in a country that is attempting to establish a liberal democracy. This act is a serious setback for Egyptian Democracy.

      • InsideEye

        Is the American Spring next.???? Is Obama in danger in danger of being removed?

        • Polana

          No. He might resign and You will vote /appoint Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for the honor. We will be in a deep doodoo then.

        • Sand_Cat

          Only if the number of stupid people in this country continues to increase at an accelerating rate.

          • silence dogood

            …….thus giving us Obama.

          • Sand_Cat

            No, genius. Once again, it is a fact that Obama’s opponents – most especially those who hate his skin color – predominate in the cellars of academic and mental achievement. That is not made up like your “facts.”

          • silence dogood

            Pathetic. Try getting a GED.

          • Sand_Cat

            You’re the ignorant one around here. Ignorant, and proud of it. Though you probably do know that conservatives do better in elections where educational levels are low, and you’re right; it is pathetic.

          • silence dogood

            Do the adults in your house know you have been using the computer ?

      • charleo1

        Who cares? You did notice there were a lot of people that seem to
        care? With the ouster of Mubarak, the military took control. But,
        seemed to have no problem in restoring the power to a civilian
        government. The so called fair elections were boycotted by the
        majority. So the mandate of the Morsi government’s credibility
        was sketchy at best. But to say democracies allow their elected
        officials to complete their terms in office, is not correct. For
        example, the democratic governments of Great Britain, Spain, Italy, and Israel, each have procedures of no confidence, where the ruling faction, including it’s leader, may be forced to step down. But, we
        should keep in mind. For one, Egypt has been under dictatorial control
        for 40 years. And, it’s economy is on the verge of collapse. And
        thirdly, Egyptians are a well educated, diverse, and like most Mid-
        Eastern societies, very young in their demographics. I guess my
        opinion is influenced by my strong aversion to the Muslim Brother-
        hood. And their cozy relationship with Iran, the other Islamic State.
        So, I see this as more of an opportunity, than a setback.

        • John Pigg

          You don’t build support for elections and Democracy by undermining them. Forcing out Mubarak is far different from forcing out Morsi, reason being Morsi was elected.

          Yes, it is correct. The governments you mention have a vote of no confidence mechanism which completes their term and calls for new elections. Had Egypt had such a mechanism they would not have been able to use it due to the F&J having a strong majority in the legislative branch.

          To the non voting majority that you are referring to I say this, “This is why boycotting elections is a bad idea”.

          Egyptians want Democracy, okay live with the results. In a Democracy you do not have the luxury of appealing for a military coup when we do not like the results.

          • InsideEye

            The people are the militia. No guns needed in this case yet . Egyptians seem to use people power effectively. They had been historically, educated and futuristic since antiquity.

      • SamR

        I think there’s a difference between “I don’t like this guy” and “this guy has appointed a terrorist who killed 58 tourists in Luxor to be the governor of Luxor, and has begun imprisoning religious minorities for ‘insulting’ Islam, and his more rabid supporters have begun to attack and kill those religious minorities and moderate Muslims, and this guy has refused to arrest them or tell them to stop, and as a result of this and other things is facing street protests that not only are larger than those which overthrew Mubarak but might be the largest in the history of the world.”

        Different situation IMHO.

        • John Pigg

          If the protesters were advocating a change of specific policies or initiatives I would be supportive.

          Instead the military stepped in to remove a elected President. In the long term this act will severely hamper Democratic institutions in Egypt.

  • BrightQuang

    The young democracy of Egyptian people was broken up by military dictator, if the military dictator could not interfere into the people revolution, so Egyptian military was equal, but it supported to this side and arrested other sides. Perhaps, Egyptian dictator should be returned with dictatorship in the past. Therefore, the Egyptian people will be suffering more when the dictatorship leads it people. If the Egyptian military dictator could not interfere this revolution, the Egyptian military is equal. We realize to this event that it is unequal, we do not agree with Egyptian military dictator because it arrested over 300 men. if new president that he is the chief of supreme Court ought to release the 300 men and former President’s Morsi that it is right.

  • Lovefacts

    Technically, yes it was a coup. But Morsi was an inept leader, ruining the economy, and becoming a Muslim dictator. Also, out of a total population of 82 million, 22 million voters signed petitions demanding new elections, a new constitution, and for Morsi to resign.

    However, Morsi accomplished something every Egyptian regime since Nasser has failed to do–discredit the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Sand_Cat

    So what are they going to do if they don’t like the next guy they elect?

    • InsideEye

      Perhaps Obama can take a sabbatical and help them out. He loves the the brothers in the hood. . We are at a stalemate here anyway til November. Or longer hopefully.

      • Sand_Cat

        Your handle is well chosen: your eyes are definitely inside your anus with the rest of your head.

        • lana ward

          Your OHitler is a terrorist just like Morsi. You know it, you just won’t admit it

          • Sand_Cat

            He’s not “my” anything.
            And you have to know you are an ignorant bigot, so why don’t you admit it?

  • howa4x

    This is what happens when a movement like the Muslim Brotherhood is on the sidelines of society for decades. They become true believers and mistake that popular sentiment is really for them. It was just that they were better organized into a faction than other groups, so when Mubarak fell they steeped into the void. Morsi acted too much like a dictator by making rules he could supersede court rulings. The group selected to write the constitution had too many salafists and clerics, and lacked popular support. People became afraid that they would try to make an Islamic state. Morsi also couldn’t do anything with the economy at a time when unemployment is skyrocketing. Once you peel back repression you unleash a lot of emotion.. It will take a number of governments before you get a truly representative one. If anything the entire Arab spring is about freedom and not turning the keys over to the clerics.