Egypt: Morsi’s Out in Military Coup

by Ryan on July 3, 2013

in International Relations,Politics,War on Terror

Egypt has been in massive social, political, and economic turmoil lately, which has now led to the Egyptian military seizing power, ousting a democratically-elected President while suspending the nation’s constitution until further notice.  Some groups cheer, while others are trying to figure out what to do next.  The situation remains fluid.

Ousted Egyptian President Morsi claims that this coup has no legitimacy, but at the end of the day Egypt’s military is the center of power in that country.  If they depose you, you are ostensibly deposed.

Morsi ignored parts of their constitution, imposed an Islamism which targeted Coptic Christians and women, all while doing very little to fix the economic crisis Egypt is embroiled in.  Had he taken major steps to help the economy, none of this may be happening.  Islamists are good at oppression, not so good at keeping the lights on.

Egypt’s military has been that country’s most important faction since the 1950s.  Putting them back at the helm for the moment likely means a return to some stability with a predictable foreign policy.  Unfortunately, this all happens at the expense of a democratic experiment the Egyptian people are apparently not ready for.

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rightonoz July 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

The non-hardline islamist majority finally fighting back from the oppression imposed by the hard line government.

Once the reality of electing these hard liners sets in, seems the silent majority start to come forward.

Pity Iran is so rigidly controlled. The people, given free elections would throw the current lot out, for certain.


Ryan July 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Good point on Iran. They had the inkling of a “green” revolution back in 2009, but it faded out too soon.

Egypt’s in a tough spot — they could continue to move in a more democratic direction or given the duration of the chaos, acquiesce to another dictatorship. Revolutions usually devour their children.

My sense is that they’ll embrace a strong-man chosen by the military, who maintains the appearance of democracy on certain issues.


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