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Egyptian ‘Democratic Coup d’état’ A La Carte

Egypt: ‘Democratic Coup d’état’ A La Carte

July 3, 2013 | by Akashma Online News

Egypt witnessed an unprecedented ‘Democratic Coup d’état’ A La Carte. Egypt has broken all the records in history. From its mysterious pyramids, to their millions of protesters on the streets. Now they witness for first time in the history of any country a ‘Democratic Coup d’état’ A La Carte.
The Egyptian military gave two weeks to the government of Mohammed Morsi to come up with a political and economical solutions to the demands of the Egyptian people that had taken to the streets in the millions.
Normally a military coupe it is prepared in the uttermost secret and done under the shadows of the nights, but not Egypt Military, they announced in advance, that the Egyptian Military wing will take over the control of the country,  and they did. Adding to the uniqueness of Egyptian political situation, this is the first time in history that the people welcome the intervention of the Egyptian Military to work out a ‘Democratic Coup d’état’ A La Carte with hysterical joy.
Off course not everyone is happy about it, the US it is fuming, now that they were getting cozy with The brotherhood’s men, dictating policy that was against of the will of the majority in the country, as usually happen with the designs of the US foreign policy.
 “We are not taking sides on this, this is for the Egyptian’s people and all sides to work this together to comes to a pacific political resolution” Jen Psaki, State Department Spoke woman, July 03, 2013
An Egyptian army helicopter flies over protesters calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on July 3. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced July 3 that the country’s president, Mohammed Morsi, had been removed from office in the wake of popular unrest. In a short media statement, al-Sisi, who was flanked by the three armed services chiefs, opposition leaders, the sheikh of al-Azhar Mosque and the pope of the Coptic Church, announced that Adly Mansour, chief justice of the Constitutional Court, has replaced Morsi as interim president. He also announced that the constitution has been suspended. Mansour’s appointment is notable in that one of the key demands of the Tamarod protest movement was that he become president. The provisional government will be holding fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.

The arrangement was made without the involvement of Morsi, whose whereabouts remain unknown, or of anyone representing the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party. The Muslim Brotherhood, which has effectively been thrown out of power, must now figure out how to respond. The group probably will not respond violently, but it will engage in civil unrest that will lead to violence. Though the Brotherhood is unlikely to abandon the path of democratic politics, Morsi’s ouster will lead elements from more ultraconservative Salafist groups to abandon mainstream politics in favor of armed conflict.

The overthrow of Egypt’s moderate Islamist government undermines the international efforts to bring radical Islamists into the political mainstream in the wider Arab and Muslim world. Ultimately, within the context of Egypt, Morsi’s ouster sets a precedent where future presidents can expect to be removed from office by the military in the event of pressure from the masses. In a way, this was set in motion by the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, and it does not bode well for the future stability of Egypt.

AP Release Video

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is generating significant debate about what Wednesday’s events should actually be called.

Specifically: Was it a coup d’état? or a Democratic Coup d’état

Many supporters of the ouster, including military leaders in Egypt, have denied it is a coup. Many Western diplomats have tiptoed around the issue.

“The definition of a coup is the overturning of a leadership, a legitimate leadership, by other powers, often military,” said Paul Sullivan, an expert in international relations at Georgetown University in Washington. But he said the word “legitimate” is what can generate a significant amount of debate.

“Many people in Egypt do not consider Morsi, or the previous president now I suppose, to have been a legitimate leader. So the use of the word ‘coup’ seems inappropriate to them,” he said. “It depends where you’re looking from.” The Globe and Mail


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