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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Egypt: Military Seizes Power then Calls for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and Rewrite of Constitution

Well, looks like Morsi is out. We can only hope that the next head is better. And perhaps Egypt learned something from the debacle that was Morsi's reign.

From the Business Inside article by Michael Kelly:

The Egyptian military chief has announced President Mohamed Morsi has been removed from power and the Egyptian constitution has been suspended.
The Muslim Brotherhood leader, who served as head of state for about a year, has been replaced by Adly Mansour, who is the chief justice of Egypt's constitutional court. 
Military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for presidential and then parliamentary elections, the establishment of a panel to rewrite the constitution, a national reconciliation committee that would include youth movements, and a national coalition cabinet. 
In the hours following Morsi's departure, Egyptian military forces have been arresting pro-Islamist supporters and Muslim Brotherhood officials. They also reportedly broke into a live Al Jazeera broadcast, arresting reporters and shutting down coverage. 
Here's a live feed of Tahrir Square, where the crowd is jubilant. 
Morsi, who has been moved to an undisclosed location, has rejected the military declaration and called for citizens to peacefully resist the "military coup." 
His office tweeted that he urged "civilians and military members to uphold the law & the Constitution not to accept that coup which turns Egypt backwards. 
Sisi warned that the armed forces and police will deal "decisively" with violence responding to the army's decision.
Morsi wants Egypt to not move backwards? You mean away from his progressive policies of Jew hating/scapegoating and a de facto dictatorship?

As I said, I hope the Egyptians learned a little from Morsi's time in power and will choose their leaders more carefully.

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